Introducing: Clara Marie

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Originally from Fermanagh, Clara Marie’s fledgling musical steps began singing la chanson française during a seven year sojourn in gay Paree. Inspired by the timeless nature of Parisian culture, her music carries with it the surreal quality of her time spent there.

Having returned to Ireland and now residing in Dublin, Clara teamed up with musician and producer Kayak (Hugh Cresswell) to fuse electronic elements with her classical style and in doing so, managed to create something rather special.

The first fruits of their labour is Clara Marie’s debut single ‘Boat or Bike’. Conjured up on a bridge in Amsterdam, it is a whimsical daydream of a song, with more than a mild dose of avante garde surrealism. It gently bobs along a steady waltzing beat, joined by spooky, twanging guitar and dripping keys and compelling, somewhat haunting, fluttering vocals completing the edgy fairground surrealism. ‘Boat or Bike’ is beguilingly hypnotic, tiptoeing the listener delicately into a transfixing haze. A spellbinding introduction to the delectable talents of Clara Marie.

You can treat yourself to the wondrous ‘Boat or Bike’ below now. And for those of you in Ireland, you can catch Clara Marie at Body & Soul and Electric Picnic this summer.

Sean OB – ‘Teacher’

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Dublin songwriter/musician Sean OB – aka Sean O’Brien – is quite the ball of energy, as evidenced by new single ‘Teacher’.

The former Trap Door man’s latest is spirited to say the least, it explodes out of the blocks with vitality, releasing it’s ferocious pent up energy, like a coiled up spring. Fusing the streetwise poetry of Jamie T with the irresistible rock ‘n’ roll of Buddy Holly, Sean OB delivers an incredibly catchy ear-worm, with pop-hooks and a snappy pace to boot. ‘Teacher’ follows previous tune ‘Alive’, and is another glorious sample of what to expect in the coming months, with a flurry of singles and debut EP promised.

‘Teacher’ and its visual companion is below – tune in now.

Sal Dulu – ‘Tyko’

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Heralded by the impressive introduction of two stellar singles ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’, Sal Dulu’s fleeting steps in the world have been nothing short of outstanding – and the Dublin-based producer’s latest ‘Tyko’ is nothing short of breathtaking.

Sal Dulu has a flair for fantastic hip-hop inspired electronic productions and mastery is front and centre with ‘Tyko’. A stunning and well weaved work of delicate balearic percussion, evocative field recordings and found sounds, warm synths and vocals by Xao; ‘Tyko’ has a transportative quality. One so powerful, given half a chance, it will have your mind away in the outer reaches of’the upside down’ other-worldliness to glistening, heavenly blissfulness and back again. Through a seductive blend of calming vocals, electronic flavours, Japanese samples and brass, its warm glowing allure is irresistible. As good as Sal Dulu’s earlier releases are, ‘Tyko’ is another level altogether – this is one of 2018’s finest tracks so far.

Waste no more time, listen to ‘Tyko’ below now. The Dublin producer’s other work is available here too, and well worth a moment of your time.

Irish trio whenyoung share new video for ‘Pretty Pure’

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whenyoung – Aoife Power (Vocals/Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar) and Andrew Flood (Drums) – already shared their superb new single ‘Pretty Pure’ with us, kicking off 2018 with a storm.

Following on from that, the London-based Irish trio have unveiled a sublime video for ‘Pretty Pure’. A superbly shot, stylish and evocative video, it works as a perfect companion for what is already an indie-pop delight. This is an irresistible and infectious four-minutes of pristine, melodic jangle-pop with a punky-edge and hooks that you could hang your hat on. Powers’ vocals meanwhile, are the pièce de résistance, sweet, yet punchy vocals bristling defiance leaving you utterly powerless to resist the allure of ‘Pretty Pure’.

In short, ‘Pretty Pure’ is marked by everything that has made whenyoung a standout this far. Jump below to watch/listen to ‘Pretty Pure’ – which out now.

They’ve a pile of live dates across the UK & Ireland coming up, check ’em here.

Martha Ffion – ‘Take Your Name’

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Irish-born, Glasgow-based singer-songwriter, Martha Ffion has announced she will releasing her long-awaited debut LP Sunday Best on March 9, via excellent Welsh indie-label Turnstile Music.

Previewing the forthcoming record. Ffion released ‘We Make Do’ in December of last year and has followed it with the similarly wonderful ‘Take Your Name’. It is two-and-a-half minutes of gleaming guitar-pop that drifts between soft-centered balladry, lush instrumentation and something altogether more cutting and purposeful. As ever, Martha Ffion’s detailed lyrical vision to life flourishes with her beautiful honeyed vocals, hovering gently above and adding another layer of glowing allure. A beautifully crafted a wonderful and compelling indie-pop gem, ‘Take Your Name’ has a touch of Tennis-esque exquisiteness in the swooning sixties inspired indie-pop stakes – utterly infectious and utterly irresistible.

Watch the video for ‘Take Your Name’ below and keep your eyes peeled for Sunday Best, its out on March 9.