Introducing: Sal Dulu

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Sal Dulu is an emerging Dublin producer with a flair for fantastic hip-hop inspired electronic productions.

Sal Dulu’s fleeting steps into the world have been heralded by two sublime singles – ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’ – an impressive introduction of simply outstanding quality. Latest single ‘Antasma’ is slick work indeed. Head-nodding beats, twisting vocal sample and hip-hop influenced grooves are met by some guitar funk tones, sax and roughed-up distortion to produce some seriously swaggering funked up and cool jam – one that will bounce around your head all day. Its predecessor ‘Duluoz Dream’ is no less impressive or infectious. Crisp beats, guitar-piano flings, sultry sax and Japanese dialogues mingle to create something rather chilled, captivating and seductive. Sal Dulu’s sound is fresh, original, imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable; one can only imagine time spent in the shadows won’t be for long.

You can check out both ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’ below now:

 

Introducing: Les Pantalons

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Belfast outfit Les Pantalons formed in mid-2016 in response to an online ad which may have had some bearing on why the band’s sound is fused from such a wide and diverse mix of styles.

Taking in parts indie, punk, alt-rock, folk, some Balkan sensibilities and a touch of the macabre – and you’ve got what Les Pantalons are all about. To date, the Belfast outfit have released two very good EPs (their 2016 self-titled EP and The Double and Coke EP, earlier in 2017) and two of the finer moments being ‘Cold Ground’ and ‘Do You Believe’. The former, ‘Cold Ground’, is a racey guitar-pop stomp fuelled by twangy guitar, stomping beat and rich and distinctive vocals in a wonderful fusion of what sounds like Balkan-folk meets The Coral. ‘Do You Believe’ is no less memorable and showcases a more patient and dark side to their musical endeavours. Raw vocals, slow building instrumentation and sinister atmosphere combine to create a creepy, unsettling and altogether darker side to Les Pantalons. Two quite different but equally entralling sides of the Les Pantalons coin – an act to keep tabs on for sure.

You can check out ‘Cold Ground’ & ‘Do You Believe’ below, the rest of their catalogue is available here.

Introducing: Stoat

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With an extensive back-catalogue, an indie/post-punk sound similar to HMHB meets Sultans of Ping FC and Irish to boot, it is a mystery how Stoat existence remained unknown (to me at least) until very recently.

After taking a breather for a few years, so far in 2017 Stoat have been revealing new material with a view to releasing an LP called Try Not To Think About It later in the year. The latest single lifted from the forthcoming record is the title track, providing a welcome introduction to both band and LP. Spearheaded by militaristic drums, jerky and somewhat jagged punky-reggae guitars and wry, sardonic lyrical quips. Delivered with hawkish precision, they tap along in perfect time regaling tales of the downside of fatherhood, domesticity, and steady employment. Striking a balance between bashing out a memorable jam and being light-hearted is a tough ask, many have tried and many have failed. But thankfully – like the aforementioned HMHB & Sultans – Stoat deliver the goods. Hopefully there’s more to come from Stoat in 2017, an excellent – if somewhat belated – discovery.

Check out ‘Try Not To Think About It’ & other recent single, ‘Talk Radio Makes Me Feel Alone’ below.

Candice Gordon Announces Debut Album; Shares ‘Nobody’

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Berlin-based, Dublin-raised Candice Gordon is set to release her debut full length album Garden of Beasts on the 9th of September 2017 via Proper Octopus Records.

Gordon has featured on here numerous times over the years, with a series of glorious gothic-tinged singles and EPs, so it’s great to learn that an album is finally ready for release. Garden of Beasts is produced by labelmate A.S. Fanning, and mixed by Ingo Krauss (Swans, Iggy and the Stooges), and preceded by ‘Nobody’. The album is inspired by moving to Berlin and observing the very dark and heavy history that is visible and inescapable everywhere in the city, and as such, it is now surprise that the lead single is a gloriously gothic-tinged thunderbolt of punk and garage. With a stomping rhythm, ‘Nobody’ explores a richly dark sonic landscape, with which Gordon’s powerful voice routinely pierces in flourishes, continuously and potently driving the song’s momentum forward. Exceptional. We’ve been waiting for this album for quite sometime but so far, it looks like it has been worth the wait.

Tune in to ‘Nobody’ below & keep your eyes peeled for the LP in September.

 

The Orange Kyte Announce Debut Album; Share ‘Blue Ghosts’

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Vancouver’s The Orange Kyte spent the 12 months of 2016 delighting us with their superb single-a-month project throughout the year.

Centred around Vancouver-based, Dublin-raised Stevie Moonboots and a revolving cast of friends and collaborators, The Orange Kyte treated us to one sumptuous slice of psych-rock after another. Signalling their intentions for 2017, Moonboots and his merry band of cohorts have announced they will release their debut LP The Orange Kyte Says Yes!, this coming autumn. Ahead of the record’s release, The Orange Kyte have provided a taste of things to come with new single ‘Blue Ghosts’ – and its a doozy. A droning organ is front and centre alongside Moonboots’ recognisably sublime vocals. Backed a heady sonic brew of mildly fuzzed-up guitars, bass and fevered percussive assault. It danders nicely along until the just after the midway point, where by it slows, bobbing for a moment or two before exploding to another stratospheric level entirely. The addition of the sax to their arsenal of trippy psychedelic sounds is nothing short of mesmerising. Great to see one of finer musical discoveries of recent times kick on, and no doubt deliver the goods with an LP.

You can listen to ‘Blue Ghosts’ below. Keep an eye out for a definitive date for the album’s release.

In other news, the aforementioned 2016 single compilation Grow it Right is now available for pre-order from Little Cloud Records.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #13

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an 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 #13Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #12. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

You can follow me on Spotify here.

Morrissey & Marshall – ‘Hangin Around’

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London-based, Dublin duo Morrissey & Marshall released their second We Rise back in May.

They previewed the record with single ‘She’s Got Love’ – a timeless, immaculately tailored, super catchy slice of and infectious indie-pop – and latest single ‘Hangin Around’, repeats the trick. Bright, cheery and brimming with moments of peculiarity, ‘Hangin Around’ is ’60s psych-pop indebted indie-pop with poptastic pastoral harmonies, enveloped intermittent giddy keys and rumbling riffs. Utterly infectious and irresistible indie-pop. This pair appear to possess an innate ability for crafting incredibly catchy indie-pop, and long may it continue.

Get acquainted with ‘Hangin Around’ and video below, meanwhile if that floats your metaphorical boat, Morrissey & Marshall’s latest LP is here. It’s a joy!

Sorcha Richardson – ‘4AM’

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While I might be a later arrival to Sorcha Richardson, the Dublin-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has been carving quite a name for herself with a series of gorgeous slices of guitar pop.

Richardson’s latest single ‘4AM’ is nothing short of phenomenal. While this brooding, late-night anthem marks a significant sonic evolution, Richardson’s vocals and captivating storytelling remains front and centre. The track revolves around a contrast between sweetness and harsher production, as Richardson’s vocals teeter above booming piano, dizzying synths and antagonistic bass. A pensive, introspective and captivating cut with a hazy late night vibe (and the conversational chronicling also brings to mind Kate Tempest).

Better late than never, yeah? In fact my better half is responsible for putting me on to Richardson’s beguiling sounds; she’s got good taste obviously.

Listen to ‘4AM’ below. It does not disappoint.

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.