Ghost Estates – ‘In Your Dreams’


It seems like a long time since Ghost Estates’ released their self-titled debut album, an impressive and stylistically diverse record taking in straight up indie-rock, reach for the sky guitar anthems and new wave.

Two years on and Ghost Estates are back with a new single, ‘In Your Dreams’, which is taken from their forthcoming, as yet untitled second LP. The lineup has seen a reshuffle with vocalist/guitarist Alan Monaghan and drummer Keith Byrne moving on and new drummer, Dave Mulvaney (formerly of Cheap Freaks) coming in. Yet going by the new single, the personnel changes have done little to diminish the sparkle that made their debut so good, and ‘In Your Dreams’ sits nicely alongside their previous output. It comes across as an under three minute reaffirmation of that very fact, albeit in a more streamlined, honed and refined fashion. Things are looking good for the new record, hopefully they don’t leave us hanging on too long.

You can stream ‘In Your Dreams’ below or pick it up for a cool €1 from Bandcamp. Also, Ghost Estates play Whelans on May 22nd.

(Video) Ghost Estates – ‘Winter’s Day’


Things have been relatively quiet in the Ghost Estates‘ camp this year, by their standards certainly. The last we heard from Ghost Estates was with ‘In Waves’, as part of a their split single with Twin Rakes for Record Store Day. The reason for this relative quite? They’ve locked themselves away and are studiously working away on their second album.

In the meantime, Ghost Estates have broken radio silence to unveil new single, ‘Winter’s Day’. One of the standout tracks from their excellent self-titled debut album, ‘Winter’s Day’ is a racy, euphoric and athemic mix of reach for the sky guitars with a twinkly electronica edge. It’s pretty characteristic of what you’ll find throughout their debut record, which as it goes, has generously been made available for free for a limited time. Being one of last years finest domestic records, you can’t say fairer than that, can you? 

You can check out the excellent Ruairi Galavan directed video for ”Winter’s Day below & you can download Ghost Estates’ debut record for free from bandcamp

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Ghost Estates – ‘In Waves’ (Record Store Day Single)


Ghost Estates are joining forces with fellow Dubliners Twinkranes for Record Store Day split 7″.

Ghost Estates’ contribution, ‘In Waves’ is their first release since their excellent self-titled debut album from last year. Ghost Estates are in fine form once more, losing none of the sparkle that made their debut so good. ‘In Waves’ combines a super catchy chorus, shimmering guitars and effects into a full blooded propulsive post-punk number. There are rumours Ghost Estates are currently working on a second album in their own Darklands recording studio, I for hope there’s substance to these whispers. 

Record Store Day takes place on on Saturday, April 20th, but you can listen ‘In Waves’ right now below. To launch the split 7″ both bands will be throwing a party in The Button Factory on Friday, April 19th to celebrate the release.

BarryGruff’s Irish Albums of the Year 2012


Pretty self explanatory this one. There’s been a lot of great music released in Ireland over the past 12 months & here’s ten Irish albums I’ve enjoyed the most in 2012. You can also check out the ‘Albums of 2012‘ & ‘Irish Songs of 2012‘ if you want.

10. The Expert – ‘Neckbreakers’

Not strictly an album, more of a beat tape as it happens but who makes theses rules? Over seven glorious cuts of jazzy instrumentals The Expert takes us on a head nodding journey from start to finish. Having produced beats for over fifteen years, mainly with his band MJEX, it certainly shows. A worthy addition to any record collection.

09 Imploded View – ‘Picnics With Pylons’

Picnics With Pylons is the debut album from Longford based producer Imploded View (aka Jerome McCormick). Continuing with his forte for atmospheric downtempo electronic music, his debut rarely if ever, emerges from first gear. Preferring to meander through a vast and cloudy world of extremely chilled ambient sounds, an air of calmness permeates the entire record. McCormick is certainly comfortable in this skin, he seems at peace, a feeling transposed to the listener as the airy productions wash over you, allowing time for delicate detail, added emotional depth and mood and thought provoking atmospherics. An assured and composed debut.

08 The P Affection – ‘Cakes For Occasions’

The P Affection’s debut was a scatter-shot of indie-pop, rock, ska, and folk, a very good one it must be said. While staying true to the influences of that record, with Cakes For Occasions, The P Affection have grown as a band and refined their sound. It’s a pretty irresistible and varied selection of power-pop and harder edge indie-rock coated in a mix of humorous and heartfelt lyrics. The P Affection continue to improve in all that they do, it’s going to be exciting to see where to next.

07 House of Dolls – ‘House of Dolls’

Taking their cue from the likes of The Chameleons, The Verve, Jesus & Mary Chain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; there is no messing around with House of Dolls. Equally adept in the psych-rock/shoegaze department or rip-roaring  dirty rocking guitar riffs. It is here where the albums persona lies, flipping seamlessly between the two styles, on the one hand the fired up brutish rock sounds and on the other, the more measured and steady but no less captivating psych-rock sounds. A very good album, one deserving of much greater exposure.

06  Our Krypton Son – ‘Our Krypton Son’

Our Krypton Son is Derry man Chris McConaghy, who on gathered close musician friends together to create the band in early 2010, they have taken time to produce their self-titled debut. It is a warm collection of alt-rock/folk songs, imbued with an eerie sense of melancholy and an autumnal feel. McConaghy proves himself an excellent songwriter and his voice is possess a real richness and warmth. Our Krypton Son is a solid debut with so much to like but, having seen them live, there is even more to come.

05 Knoxville Morning – ‘Knoxville Morning’

A trip across the US left Ciaran Dwyer of Band On An Island with a collection of songs and stories, of a distinctly different variety to those of BOAI, and so Knoxville Morning was born. Under this new alias, with Dwyer at the helm, he is joined by fellow BOAI members and The Mighty Stef, Gavin Elsted (We Are Losers), Brian Gallagher (Humanzi), Stephen Fahey (Super Extra Bonus Party) and Claire Prendergast. The record is a sweet blend of folk, country and Americana, and while it wears it’s US influences on it’s sleeve, Ciaran’s intuitive storytelling remains a linchpin that holds everything together. It maybe shouldn’t work, but it does, and remarkably well too, which is a credit to Dwyer and all involved.

04 Lethal Dialect – LD 50 Part II

LD 50 Part II is the second record from Dublin rapper Lethal Dialect and it is extremely impressive. Composed, confident and intelligent, there is no bullshit bravado here, just great rap tunes. LD’s greatest asset is his voice, spitting salient bars above beats and samples, he utilises every breath to paint an all too realistic depiction of life in Dublin. Delving into a whole raft of topics and issues others tend to refrain from, he’s cool, calm, sometimes agitated and angry but always passionate. A refreshing and thought-provoking new voice, not only for Irish hip-hop but Irish music in general.

03 Ghost Estates – ‘Ghost Estates’

Prior to this release, Ghost Estates had already carved out quite a name for themselves, their debut album goes someways to realising their potential. With three songwriters in the band, stylistically it’s diverse, taking in a mix of new wavey sounds, reach for the sky guitar anthems and straight up indie rock. This amalgam has seen them arrive at their own distinct sound of hazy electronica edged indie which send a shiver down the spine. It is said two heads are better than one, well, judging by Ghost Estates’ debut, three are certainly better than two. Easily one of the best Irish indie album for some time.

02 Nathan Conway & The River Valley Band – ‘Nathan Conway & The River Valley Band’

Nathan Conway & The River Valley Band certainly borrow from the past to create a timeless soulful country sound, and have found their niche. The tone is soulful country, set to overarching themes of demise and redemption, draped in Conway’s intuitive storytelling which paints vivid pictures with his words. Mostly you feel they are working together, from the swinging uptempo tracks to the less blustery, slower numbers. They have a rapport with one another; brass, percussion strings and Conway’s deep bellowed croon, all work in perfect tandem. Sonny Boy requires a degree of patience, but it is worth it. A beautiful, timeless and assured album.

01 Conor Mason – ‘Standstill’

Standstill continues where 2009’s When It’s Over left off, flowing gently by, amid a sea of soft lilting vocals, whispering lyrical poeticisms and subtle instrumentation. It is permeated by an air of richness, comforting tranquillity and shrouded in melancholy. Standstill is a slow burner and requires patience, understanding and repeated listens to be fully appreciated. Standstill is a beautiful, simplistic and assured album and sometimes that is quite enough.

Best of 2012: w/ Colm from Ghost Estates

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It’s that time of year when every music website, publication and blog (including this one) are busy compiling end of year lists. This time around, I thought I’d shift the focus to the bands and artist’s who’ve played a ‘BarryGruff Presents’ show this year and ask them for their ‘favourite album of 2012′, ‘favourite song of 2012′ & ‘favourite Irish song of the year’.

Right, that is enough from me, here’s Colm from Ghost Estates and his picks from the year that was 2012.

Favourite Album of 2012: Tame Impala – ‘Lonerism’

Favourite album of the year has to be Tame Impala’s second album Lonerisim. It’s a fantastic album, and betters their first one by a mile. As a band they just keep getting better and better. When are they gonna come here to Ireland!! Songs like ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ or ‘It Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ are just so ridiculously good. It took me a few listens to get into it, but once your hooked that’s it. Start to finish its just full on madness. So many things going on.Loads of noises to get lost in.

Favourite Song of 2012: Dirty Projectors – ‘The Gun Has No Trigger’

This was a hard one to answer. There has been so many brilliant songs over the last year, but I went for this. Its not a ‘catchy’ tune with a huge chorus or anything like that. It is just real simple song that sticks in your head. Before I heard this song I didn’t know much about Dirty Projectors. Straight away after hearing it, I went and got their new album, ‘Swing Lo Magellan’,which is also a real strong contender for album of the year. I’m in love with this band now as a result. Start to finish it is a winner. It’s so subtle. The intro gets your attention straight away with this really tight drum beat and deep bass. The vocals just start in and your just going to yourself, “Who is this…??”. Dave Longsmith voice gets more and more emotional as he goes on. When all 3 vocals harmonise they just create this huge sound. There is nothing else that sounds like this band at the moment.

Favourite Irish Song of 2012: Sea Pinks – ‘Lake Superior’

I only recently got into this band through a friend. It has only been a few weeks since I got their album Freak Waves. But this song as a result has been on non stop in my gaff. Wake up in the morning and put this tune on and everything is all good. It just sticks in your head. Really buzzy and catchy. I don’t know anyone who could not like this song.There has been many great Irish songs and albums this year. But at the moment this one really sticks out for me.

BarryGruff Presents #4: Ghost Estates w/ Neon Wolf :: Flanagan’s :: Newbridge :: April 8th

So, it’s gig #4 for ‘BarryGruff’ Presents’ in Flanagan’s, Newbridge on Easter Sunday, April 8th. Entry is FREE as always and judging by the previous gigs, this is going to be one hell of a night!

Dublin 5 piece Ghost Estates made quite an impression in the past 12 months. A number stellar singles and storming live shows, including Electric Picnic and Hard Working Class Heroes, earned them a lot of praise from this blog and earmarked them as definite ‘one’s to watch’.

They are currently readying their debut album for release in June and the band brings their delectably tight indie sound to Newbridge for the first time. Accompanying them on the bill is Thomastown band Neon Wolf, whose own unbridled feel-good indie-pop has caused more than their fair share of a stir and they left quite an impression the last time they were in town.

So, forget about those Easter eggs, this is going to be a great night and one not to be missed! Entry is FREE as always and starts at 8.30pm, Easter Sunday, April 8thth. More info & Facebook event here.

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Neon Wolf – The Good Life

 Download: Ghost Estates – October

Download: Ghost Estates – Forever or Never

Ghost Estates | October

Dublin 5 piece Ghost Estates made quite an impression in the latter half of last year through a number of tasty live shows and two stellar singles, ‘Paris’ and ‘Forever or Never’.

They have been quick to introduce 2012 to their delectably tight indie sound, releasing a brand new single, ‘October’. If you liked what you heard from Ghost Estates previously, you will love this. ‘October’ is the most impressive and rousing number yet with a frenetic drum beat leading a charge towards the hands in the air and shout it loud indie territory.

They launch the single in The Grand Social, Dublin on February 17th w/ support from The North Sea, Bouts and White Collar Boy. Doors are at 8pm and it’s €10 in w/ with a limited edition CD (only 100 ) featuring the three singles released so far.

Download: Ghost Estates – October

Introducing: Ghost Estates

Dublin 5 piece, Ghost Estates were formed from the remnants of two pretty different bands, SickBoy and 8Ball.

Named after the post ‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland phenomena of unoccupied and unfinished housing projects, this coming together of forces results in a mish mash of different styles which works ever so well.

Debut single ‘Paris’ is electronic, euphoric in places while haunting and poppy in others, while second single ‘Forever or Never’, couldn’t be more different. It is a sublime slice of chipper indie rock, a la The Rifles etc. from across the water (my favourite of the two cuts).

A lot of potential here and with a debut album recorded and expected in the near future, these guys are ones to watch out for.

Catch them live at Electric Picnic next week or HWCH in October.

Download: Ghost Estates – Forever or Never

Download: Ghost Estates – Paris

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