Yammerer – ‘Seasons 13-31’

Liverpool-based outfit Yammerer are a band with a preference for sharp, angular, high-energy, unhinged and raucous psych-punk fury.

Their audacious, boisterous and snarling sonic adventures are there for all to see (and hear) on their debut EP Reality Escape Resort, released toward the close of 2019. Forged from a swell of free-flowing psychedelia and hammered out in an incandescent rage, the EP is a whirlwind of off-kilter, frenzied psych-punk and none more so than ‘Seasons 13-31’. It is a nine-minute spectacular; a highly charged cacophony of pent up post-punk fury. A hyperactive frenzied blitz of bone rattling drums, furious, jerky guitars, buzzing riffs and spiralling effects, with frenzied vocals uncoiling above. A stunning intro to the Liverpool-based five-piece, it is a chaotic, wild and arresting jam.

You can listen to ‘Seasons 13-31’ below and the debut EP is here too

Guest Post: Johnny Feeney’s Albums of 2019

Aside from compiling my own lists, I really enjoy looking over other people’s albums of the year rundowns and none more so than Mr. Johnny Feeney.

An insightful musical sage, Johnny’s guest appearances are always interesting and bring added flavour to the blog and I look forward to reading his contributions – of which, surely I’m not alone?

Yes, we’re a bit late with this one but sure better late than never, right?

A huge thanks to Johnny for taking time out to compile this list, and on that note, I’ll leave you with his favourite records of 2019.

10: DIIV – ‘Deceiver’

Following up 2016’s supreme Is the Is Are, Brooklyn shoegaze quartet DIIV’s third album Deceiver draws obvious comparisons to My Bloody Valentine with its multiple layers of shimmering, squalling guitars and lead singer Zachary Cole Smith’s dreamy vocals. Expect plenty of loud / quiet / loud moments on this dazzling return.

Listen in full here.

09: Hot Chip – ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy’

Although their newer material has perhaps lost some of the menace of their early output, ultra-consistent Hot Chip prove they are still adept at releasing dance-pop of the highest calibre. A perfect antidote to the grim global political and environmental situation we find ourselves in today, I challenge anyone to listen to the likes of ‘Positive’ or ‘Melody of Love’ and not feel a wave of joy wash over you.

Listen in full here.

08: Black Midi – ‘Schlagenheim’

The Mercury-nominated debut album from this four-piece experimental-rock band hailing from London is definitely not going to be to everyone’s taste. From the brutal opening salvo of ‘953’ to the wonderful closer ‘Ducter’, this relentless record is one that never lets go. A highly ambitious record, understandably it doesn’t always quite come together. But when it does hit the mark it’s absolutely thrilling. Improvised mayhem never sounded so good.

Listen in full here.

07: Marika Hackman – ‘Any Human Friend’

The latest LP from Marika Hackman certainly has a much more pop-leaning sound than her early fans would expect from the English singer-songwriter. Hackman’s usual vocals and guitar lines are regularly joined by jaunty synths to create upbeat tunes merged with deeply personal lyrics exploring themes such as same-sex relationships (‘All Night’) and masturbation (‘Hand Solo’). The jaw-dropping title track that closes the album is beyond staggering.

Listen in full here.

06: Drahla – ‘Useless Coordinates’

This bludgeoning debut record from Leeds post-punk outfit Drahla comes with driving guitars, a pummelling rhythm section, and Luciel Brown’s breathy vocals. Viciously, skewed saxophones add to the overall sombre atmosphere. Clocking in at a breathless half an hour, Useless Coordinates starts off dark and doesn’t veer off course once.

Listen in full here.


05: Mattiel – ‘Satis Factory’

The highly accomplished second album from the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter prominently features Mattiel Brown’s distinctive, booming vocals and some delightful, grooving and soulful blues-rock. Brown has an uncanny ability to create expertly crafted sub three-minute rock songs with an infectious hook. A very impressive piece of work.

Listen in full here.

04: The Murder Capital – ‘When I Have Fears’

The superb debut album from the Dublin post-punk five-piece is a moody, atmospheric affair. Brooding, menacing guitars and percussion are paired to pulsating effect with the haunting, angst-ridden vocals of lead singer James McGovern. A formidable live act, the group’s sound has been captured masterfully on record by UK producer Flood. Along with Fontaines DC and Girl Band, the Murder Capital are at the forefront of an exciting wave of great new Irish rock bands.

Listen in full here.

03: Aldous Harding – ‘Designer’

New Zealand folk artist Aldous Harding’s third studio album is the epitome of easy listening – nine tracks of blissful, exquisitely arranged songs. Harding’s tender vocals are accompanied by multiple layers of instrumentation and backing vocals to devastating effect throughout. A gorgeous album that gets better with every listen.

Listen in full here.

02: Vampire Weekend – ‘Father of the Bride’

After a six year hiatus and losing a key member in multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij back in 2016, Vampire Weekend fans could be forgiven for worrying if maybe this was the beginning of the end for the New York indie-poppers. Instead Ezra Koenig re-emerged with an exceptionally strong set of tracks, enlisting the help of the likes of Danielle Haim on vocals and guitarist Steve Lacy. The result is an immensely enjoyable, if overlong, album.

Listen in full here.

01: Fontaines DC – ‘Dogrel’

The eagerly awaited debut of Dublin punk rock quintet Fontaines DC delivers emphatically on every level. An extremely diverse and lyrical record, lead singer Grian Chatten’s miniature vignettes of Dublin City are accompanied by an ever-changing soundtrack from the rest of the group. From the piledriving punk of ‘Chequeless Reckless’ and ‘Hurricane Laughter’ to the jangling stomp of ‘Sha Sha Sha’ and ‘Boys in the Better Land’ via the tender ‘Roy’s Song’ and ‘Dublin City Sky’, not a single foot has been put in the wrong place. In a new Golden Age of Irish guitar music, it’s the Fontaines DC’s star who’s shining brightest at the moment.

Listen in full here.

Ardentjohn – ‘I Wasn’t There’

Ardentjohn originally formed in Edinburgh but now it’s membership – Mark Abbott (lead guitar), Seth Marron (drums/percussion), Keiron Mason (vocals/guitar), Alan Shields (vocals/bass) and Linda Tym (cello/vocals) – are scattered far and wide.

Perhaps this dispersal was a catalyst, or at least assisted, in creating the rich vein of longing and melancholy to be mined from their latest album Malin Head; a tribute to the sense of heartache many an Irish person experienced leaving their friends, family and homeland behind. The album, melancholic and mournful as it maybe, it is a beautiful and moving experience filled with timeless songs marked with heart, soul and an ear for melody. The rich and earthy latest single ‘I Wasn’t There’ is a perfect example of their wares. As a softly hushed croon rolls in tandem with dripping melody, it is nigh on impossible to resist the sweet and beautiful harmonic pairing, as the gentle acoustic strums illuminate their tender song-writing, bound by a sense of yearning and longing, depicted with vivid storytelling draped with hushed lilting vocals. Passing with a whisper rather than a roar, it is a charming, rich and moving folky vibes delivered with warmth and confidence.

Listen to ‘I Wasn’t There’ below now – and the album Malin Head, is available here.

Sons Of Zöku – ‘Dead Poets’

Sons Of Zöku are psych-rock trio of Ricardo Da Silva, Ica Quintela and Jordan Buck from Adelaide, Australia.

The trio have been making waves in their native Australia (surely the most reliable source of modern psych) with their free-flowing, energetic and colourful explorations. Sons Of Zöku’s latest single ‘Dead Poets’ is a force of nature; not only the finest to date but without doubt, it is one of the standout singles from 2019. It is a colourful kaleidoscopic onslaught of psych-rock; thunderous drums, seductive grooves, colossal riffs, wailing guitars and vocals but tempered by rich and alluring melodies, eastern touches and the beauty of pastoral folk too. With ‘Dead Poets’
Sons Of Zöku have found a perfect balance between thunderous noise and subtle sweetness, and in doing so deliver a masterclass in psych-rock. As a sort of reference point think the meaty marauding stoner rock of Dead Meadow treated with flourishes of Revolver-era Beatles and the radiant euphoria of Screamadelica. 

Listen to ‘Dead Poets’ below – it is a thrilling ride.

Slim Tin Fox – ‘Molly (Tapetown Remix)’

A Brazilian, an Italian, an American, and an Irishman walk into a bar in Dublin…. and the result,  Slim Tin Fox.

Formerly operating under the guise of Chutes Too Narrow, Slim Tin Fox take a dash of indie, rock, blues, folk, post-punk and punk, and throw them in  the mixer, with thrilling results.  Their latest single ‘Molly (Tapetown Remix)’ is a suitably short, sharp blast of no nonsense rock ‘n’ roll. Delivered with ample swagger, it is a brash and muscular racket ushered onward by a stampede of drum beats, meaty riffs and guitars, feedback and raucous vocals. It is no nonsense spiky indie-rock with an innate ability for a hook tune – quite reminiscent of early days Milburn or Arctic Monkeys too – it’s feverish guitar shredding is infectious and of course, makes for a hell of thrilling tune.

Listen to ‘Molly (Tapetown Remix)’ below – and keep an eye out for forthcoming singles too:


Wigwam – ‘Rhyddid’


Wigwam are a Cardiff-based outfit with a flair for bright, upbeat and eminently catchy garage indebted indie-pop.

Formed in 2017, they released their debut album ‘Coelcerth’ last year and they are back with a new single ‘Rhyddid’. It is a bright, upbeat and utterly loveable tune of plucky guitars, playful riffs and energetic rhythm. It is big on hooks and melodic allure, as ‘Rhyddid’ bounces around with swaggering carefree abandon as sweet and melodic vocals dance above; like it’s title, the vocals are in their native Welsh which aside from being delightful on the ear, also provides a further distinctive character. An utterly loveable blast of charming, infectious and bright guitar that will leave you all the better for getting acquainted.

Listen to ‘Rhyddid’ below:


Orouni – ‘The Lives Of Elevators’

To date, French indie-pop outfit Orouni have proven their propensity for brilliance when it comes to classic, melodic guitar pop music.

Orouni’s output has yielded three delightfully charming albums, with a fourth just having landed; Partitions continues this trend. Orouni’s carefully crafted arrangements are marked by an easy-going flow and a ear for melody and elegance – and none more so than new single ‘The Lives Of Elevators’. It elegantly flits between melancholic and beautiful, fragile but authoritative, with lush arrangements and irresistible parps of brass. Charming and sometimes bittersweet, this is the class of perfect pop-craft associated with the likes of The Kinks, Sweet Baboo and Tap Tap et al. This is ever so endearing, delightful catchy and dripping with melody, but be warned; it will get stuck in your head for days and days.

Listen to ‘The Lives Of Elevators’ below and if that is to your liking, may I suggest that you check out new album Partitions here.

HAVVK – ’52’


Formidable Irish outfit HAVVK will release their debut album Cause & Effect on November 22 and the alt-rock trio have been upping anticipation with a slew of scintillating singles – ‘Always The Same’, ‘Birds On A Wire’ and ‘Shifting Shape’ – and HAVVK have added another to the fold.

Written while living in London, new single ‘52’ exudes an ominous and tense atmosphere, reflecting the divisive nature of the Brexit campaign, as HAVVK attempt to make sense of the darkness and find a way through.
Front woman Julie Hawk’s distinctively impassioned vocal take centre stage, soaring majestically over the ethereal alt-rock backdrop before packing a punch as the chorus sets in, mirroring the anger for the situation at hand. It is raw and filled with anger, it is a song laced with ethereal beauty and finds a space where harsh and gentle can coexist. ’52’ is yet another majestic reason to look forward to the HAVVK’s forthcoming debut LP.

Listen to ’52’ below & HAVVK will be launching Cause and Effect on 6 December 2019 at the Bello Bar in Dublin.

Sun Bloom – ‘Take It Away’

Sun Bloom are a London-based trio crafting an addictive blend of dreamy, fuzz-filled guitar-pop.

Their latest single ‘Take It Away’ – from their debut EP of the same name –  is a sizzling slice of hazy indie-pop that injects some sunshine into our lives. Their addictive surf-inspired dream-pop sound fizzes with effervescence as bright riffs, shimmering guitar and bouncy rhythm coalesce with a sunkissed, lush and alluring warmth;a perfect backdrop for the breezy, honeyed vocals to thrive. A charming, bright and sunny slice of  jangley indie-pop wonderment and packed with a punchy character too, it brings to mind the likes of Alvvays or Best Coast.

Listen to ‘Take It Away’ below:

Oddnesse – ‘Donut Shop’

Oddnesse is the fruitful collaboration between musician Rebeca Arango and producer Grey Goon, two east-coast expats based in Los Angeles with a shared affinity for catchy hooks, heavy grooves and apocalyptic hypotheticals.

The pair introduced themselves with singles ‘Are You Down’ & ‘I Used To’ in late 2017 but have been quiet since. Thankfully, however, the pair have made a buoyant return with ‘Donut Shop’. A first offering in over a year it is a forceful, driving song propelled by Arango’s gorgeous vocal harmonies and melodies, as synths gush alongside a burst of hazy guitars and a persistent drum beat – and all covered in a mild blanket of warm fuzz. It is a rich, melodic and reverb-laden treat – one that will be spinning around your head all week.

Listen to ‘Donut Shop’ below: