Slow Skies – ‘Dancing’

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Already with a number of EPs under the belt – ‘Silhouette’, ‘Keepsake’ & ‘Close’ – Slow Skies, better known as Irish musician Karen Sheridan, is now set up to release her debut full-length, written in rural Sweden and produced by Ber Quinn (John Grant, Lisa Hannigan, Divine Comedy).

With the album’s lead single ‘Dancing’, we’re served a sumptuous introduction to the forthcoming Slow Skies record. Wonderfully charming, warm but bittersweet, ‘Dancing’ opens with handclaps and gently blossoms into a sumptuous pop song. Swathed in soothing ’60s sounds, syrupy melodies and bursts of joyous brass, combine with a modicum of keys and the richly honeyed melodic purr of Sheridan’s vocal to cast a bewitching spell. There’s a lingering sense of misty-eyed melancholia, which only adds another layer of irresistibly to this exquisite piece of pop perfection.

No confirmed date yet for the forthcoming LP but on the bright side, that allows plenty of time for getting acquainted with ‘Dancing’.

Silverbacks Ready New EP; Share ‘Dirty Money

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Lo-fi indie noise-merchants Silverbacks have returned, brandishing a new single ‘Dirty Money’; the first track to be lifted from their forthcoming EP Sink The Fat Moon.

The Dublin-based quintet will release the new EP on May 19 and judging by the new single, we’re in for a treat. Silverbacks have already eked out a solid rep for themselves when it comes to whipping up lashings of ’90s inspired lo-fi fuzz. Another self-produced effort, it a brusque, harmonic three-minutes of masterful indie noise. It slips from languid meanderings to brash, searingly loud riffage with an effortless ease; and swagger to boot. A marvelous & confident return from Silverbacks (with their re-jigged line-up) and it is one of their finest offerings to date. Quite a claim given their propensity to proliferate superb singles.

Listen to ‘Dirty Money’ below – you’ll be hooked before you know it!

Sink The Fat Moon is out via Miami Records on May 19, pre-order here.

Silverbacks support Sea Pinks in the Roisin Dubh, Galway on May 25 & play Whelan’s Upstairs, on May 27 (launching the new EP).

Why not get acquainted with Silverbacks’ most recent album, ‘Hot Bath’, released in 2015, it’s ace! You can get that for free from Bandcamp.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #2

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A new feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #2. Enjoy!

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Morrissey & Marshall – ‘She’s Got Love’

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London-based, Dublin duo Morrissey & Marshall are readying the release of their second album, due for release on May 26th.

Previewing the new record, the pair have unveiled single, ‘She’s Got Love’. It’s a timeless, immaculately tailored, super catchy slice of and infectious indie-pop. Lively, bright and chipper, ‘She’s Got Love is enveloped by janglely guitars, uplifting harmonies and a giddy, bouncy rhythm. This is as close to a perfect three-minute pop song as you’re likely to hear, and it is an impossible to resist, feel-good jam designed to paste smiles on faces. The two friends appear to possess an innate ability for incredibly catchy indie-pop, and long may it continue.

‘She’s Got Love’ will be released on May 5th and followed by a new album on May 26th. Brighten up your day below.

Introducing: Gadget and the Cloud

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Gadget and the Cloud is the moniker of Cork-based producer Kelly Doherty.

The Cork native has a clear preference for the experimental, pushing electronic sounds into ever more interesting settings. Despite the relatively youthful age of the project, the diversity of sound on display from her releases to date, is rather breathtaking. This is the sound of after hours and early mornings; peaceful, reflective and sombre. Doherty’s latest effort ‘And I Told You Something True’, is a jittery, fluttery and angular listen that is both serene and spectral – and ultimately entirely hypnotic. Debut track ‘3600 Seconds’ is just over two minutes of sinister ambience, floaty synth stabs that render the track both disturbing yet upbeat, with its bright hooks and ravey undertones subverted by a general awkwardness. While equally as captivating, ‘You Asked Me Who I Was’ is more in the instrumental hip hop vein. Plenty of quality to delve into here and hopefully plenty more to come soon.

You can check out some choice experimental sounds below. Gadget and the Cloud is playing Open Ear Festival on the June Bank holiday on Sherkin Island – tickets/details here.

Watch Bad Sea’s new video for ‘Solid Air’

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Having utterly bewitched us with ‘Solid Air’ a few months back, Dublin duo Bad Sea – aka Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell – have unveiled a splendid video for the single.

‘Solid Air’ was one of the finest singles released last year, in Ireland or elsewhere. Revolving around a steady, groovy drum beat, wiry guitar stabs and impressive pop hooks; this smooth and smokey alt-country is the perfect backdrop for Thompson’s rich, crisp vocals to shine. The homespun video, detailing the ‘delights’ of relationship trouble, is directed by Ricardo Deakin and also stars Colm O’Neill. At just over three minutes, this is a similarly first-rate video companion for an exquisitely crafted and delivered number, sure to leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Really excited to more from Bad Sea throughout the year but for now, check out ‘Solid Air’ below.

Millions Like Us Podcast #21

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Hello! We’re back (again) with another delightful mix of music and chat that is, Millions Like Us Podcast, Episode #21.

First off, apologies for the delay with this one but it was entirely out of our control. Some technical mumbo-jumbo put a spanner in the works but we (and by that I mean Stevie, poor sod) finally pulled it together after a lot of hard graft. Some sound issues remain but hopefully it doesn’t hamper the listening experience any more than usual. 😉

Anyway, back to the Pod. For Episode #21 we – Justin, Barry & Stephen – brave some dodgy internet connections, technological misadventures and timezone challenges, to bring you a bumper 90 minutes plus of music chat and an eclectic, hand-picked selection of superb new tunes.

Thanks for your patience with us with this one, we really appreciate it. We’ve all got the thinking caps on to figure out a more efficient way of doing this so once again, thanks for baring with us and we hope you enjoy Pod #21!

You can subscribe to MLU on iTunes and Podcast Republic, Mixcloud & SoundCloud, or find us on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can email us at millionslikeuspodcast[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Playlist: Best Songs of 2016

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Lists, lists, lists and more lists. Yes, it is that time of year when lists become more common place than overly optimistic Liverpool fans in August.

Time, or lack of it, truly is the enemy once again but I’ve compiled a 100+ strong song Spotify playlist; selection of personal favourites from throughout the year. Pretty self-explanatory this, but there’s loads of great stuff in there from many styles and genres and, from across the globe.

I hope to have an ‘Albums of 2016′ post completed this week. Anyway, for now, I hope you enjoy the playlist.

 

Conor Mason Returns With New Single ‘On The Surface’

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Derry singer-songwriter Conor Mason has revealed his intention to release a new EP early next year.

While Mason already has three albums under his belt, his last release (solo that is) was 2012’s beautiful and assured LP, Standstill. New material from Mason is long overdue and joining this news is the wonderful single, ‘On The Surface’. It seems Mason is picking up where he left off, having found his space on the musical landscape, not dissimilar to that occupied by Elliot Smith, Villagers or Matthew Jay. ‘On The Surface’ gently trickles by, amid a soothing sea of soft lilting vocals, whispering lyrical delicacies, subtle instrumentation and twinkling synth. Permeated by a rich and comforting warmth, a hint of melancholy and dash of uncertainty – it is a wonderfully crafted five minutes, reminding us how much a master Mason is when it comes to wistful whispering, harmony and hook. For a long, long time, Mason has been one of Ireland’s finest – if somewhat overlooked – artists and delectable talents. Lets hope the latter gets rectified in 2017.

There is no concrete date for the forthcoming EP’s release, just sometime, early in the new year. For now, you can listen to ‘On The Surface’ below. Prepare to be bedazzled.

The Orange Kyte – ‘Just Like Leningrad’

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Vancouver’s The Orange Kyte is on the cusp of completing a mammoth quest, releasing a single-a-month throughout the year.

Centred around Vancouver-based, Dublin-raised Stevie Moonboots and a revolving cast of friends and collaborators, The Orange Kyte has shared ‘Just Like Leningrad'; the penultimate single in 2016’s single-a-month series. A sprawling five-minutes of spiralling, shape-shifting psych-rock, the droning organ takes centre stage alongside Moonboots’ irresistible vocals as a heady sonic brew of oscillating guitars, throbbing bassline, fevered percussive assault and blistering brass is unleashed to devastating effect. We’ve been treated to some fine music already but this is up there with the very best. The Orange Kyte, the songs and the project has been most enjoyable throughout 2016, but keeping up this level of output in 2017 is probably asking a bit much, eh? Hopefully there is still more to come from The Orange Kyte.

Well, there is one more single before the year is out but for now, why not gift your years the joys of ‘Just Like Leningrad’. And also, The Orange Kyte has announced some Irish shows for December, check them after the jump.

The Orange Kyte: Irish Dates

Dec 28th: The Grand Social, Dublin
Dec 29th: The Kino, Cork
Dec 30th: Sandino’s, Derry