The Comstocks – ’40ft’

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Newbridge natives The Comstocks – formerly Fresco Future – have returned with their second single ’40ft’.

The quartet may have a new handle but their penchant for hazy indie remains, thankfully, intact – as evidenced by ’40ft’. A hazy, warm slice of shimmering indie, laden with a sunny disposition, introspection and a quiet, understated confidence. Adorned with flourishes of jangley guitars, swift rhythms and basslines, ’40ft’ purrs into gear as the understated vocal rises to meet a chorus hook that you could hang your hat on and the gorgeous slide guitar parts in the latter half of the track. Complete with a mild dusting of fuzz, ’40ft’ will get inside your head and refuse to leave; a delightful wee gem.

You can listen to ’40ft’ below – photo by Eoghan Scally.

Thumper – ‘(You’re Bringing Me) Down’

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‘(You’re Bringing Me) Down’ is the second single – following ‘AFL‘ – lifted from THUMPER‘s forthcoming EP Out of Body Auto-Message, due out in November.

The Dublin five-piece deliver a thrilling (sort of oddball) seven minutes of spiraling effects, psych fuzz, repetition and tension. Hyperactive guitar riffs saw their way through the fuzz and fueled by a steady, rock solid drum beat as frontman Oisin Leahy Furlong screams, demanding your attention. It’s a bit of slacker noise-pop, a bit power-pop, a bit psych but a whole lot of magnificent. Not for the faint of heart, it is thrilling trip that spirals out of control in the final moments. It’s not often that a song of seven minutes will ebb and flow to such a degree as to keep you on the edge of your seat guessing where it will charge to next but ‘(You’re Bringing Me) Down’ does, and at a frenetic pace. A raucous, seven-minutes of irresistible noise-pop loaded with contagious energy and loaded with purpose that is all kinds of brilliant.

Tune into ‘(You’re Bringing Me) Down’ below now & keep an eye out for the forthcoming EP, & THUMPER play a late show on Friday, November 30 in the Workmans, Dublin.

The Family Knife – ‘Don’t Wanna Give Up’

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The Family Knife are an indie/electronica outfit from Dublin and these siblings are the purveyors of hopeful tunes, tinged with sadness – an aesthetic set out rather beautifully on their self-titled debut LP.

The album is a collection of 12 organic and electronic driven tracks, influenced by everyone from Deerhunter and Yo La Tengo, to Stereolab and The Beta Band, and its lead single is album closer, ‘Don’t Wanna Give Up’. Slowly building from mellow origins, it introduces itself with a breezy jangle, deftly plucked strings and soft, semi-hushed vocals before the drums make a splash, joined in turn by a whispers of vocal samples and a full on synth-driven finish. A beautifully mournful and melancholic tune, like a November sun breaking through a dreary dusky sky.

You can listen to ‘Don’t Wanna Give Up’ below – and if that is floating your boat, the album is available to stream here.

Whenyoung – ‘Given Up’

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We’ve been keeping tabs on London-based Irish trio, whenyoung – Aoife Power (Vocals/Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar) and Andrew Flood (Drums) – for a while now and they have charmed us at every given opportunity thus far.

Following a string of sublime singles, the trio will release their debut EP on November 9 – entitled Given Up, it is preceded by the title-track. ‘Given Up’ is pristine, irresistibly hooky indie pop of the highest order – their most instantaneously lovable release yet, and that’s saying something. A rumbling bassline, quickfire rolling drumbeats, post-punk-edged guitar and shimmering choruses conspire to create a sweetly infectious three-minutes of gold. Powers’ vocals meanwhile, are, as always the pièce de résistance, sweet, yet punchy vocals bristling defiance leaving you utterly powerless in their wake. Sweet, melodic and pristine it might be, but it packs plenty of punch too.

Jump below to listen to ‘Given Up’ – which is out now. The EP will be with us on November 9th

They’ve a very busy close to 2018 with pile of live dates incl. a wee tour of Ireland in November; Dublin, The Workman’s Club on November 2nd, Limerick, Dolan’s on the 3rd & Cork, Cyprus Avenue on the 4th.

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Dioscó na mBó – ‘Tea Song’

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Sligo natives Dioscó na mBó have been turning heads and filling floors with their insanely catchy, extremely addictive and pretty brilliant mix of funky, disco inspired electronic jams for a while now.

In short, the pair, now based between Dubai and Madrid, make music designed and destined to make people dance. ‘Tea Song’ strides into view, strutting its funky wares like a beautiful love child of Mr Scruff and Public Service Broadcasting. Skipping along a contagious groove, arm in arm with big banging beats, exquisite electronic flourishes cascade and delight as ‘Tea Song’ utilises some old-time, PSB style samples explaining the secrets behind a perfect cup of tea. An astonishingly infectious and flamboyant big beat beauty – without sounding hyperbolic, this is one of the best tunes from 2018.

Listen to ‘Tea Song’ below and make up you own mind – also, heed the message, if you can make a decent cup of tea, you will go far in Ireland.

Giraffic Apartment – ‘Waiting’

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Giraffic Apartment are Madrid-based Irish pairing going by the monikers Domenico De LA Vega and Vicente Nueve. Having shared an apartment with a wooden almost life-size sculpted Giraffe bought in Kenya by their landlord, the band was formed and they had their name.

There is something off-kilter, peculiar or left-field about their brand of indie, exemplified by latest single ‘Waiting’. While melodic and heavy on harmonies, there is a peculiarity to combined draw of scratchy production, carefully picked guitar, reaching harmonies and the flurry of beats, crashing symbols and whirl of distortion which leaves a lasting, curious impression.

Check out ‘Waiting’ below:

 

Little White Things – ‘All Of My Friends’

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Irish/Swedish duo Little White Things – consisting of David Behan from Dublin and Max Bergstrom from Kalmar in Sweden – return following a two-year absence with the double a-side of ‘All of My Friends’ and ‘Behind the Man’ in tow.

Arriving with a sunny disposition and bags of sunshine, ‘All of My Friends’ is a colourful confection of toe-tapping, infectious and neon-bright pop goodness. Shifting along a gleefully giddy, bouncy beat, this colourful collage fizzes with an irresistible harmonies, sweet sugarspun melodies and stellar chorus, making for a smile inducing, psych-tinged explosion of joyousness. This really is popcraft perfection, the only odd thing is why wasn’t it released at the height of summer? But whatever the weather, we’ll take it.

If that is to your liking, beyond the double single, in their intervening absence the pair have amassed 40 new songs over the past couple of years, with plans to share plenty new material over the next 12 months. For now though, arriving like a last glimmer of summer sun, is the marvelous ‘All Of My Friends’.

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