Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra release alt-rock gem.

19 Feb

It’s that time again, what seems to have become my annual post on this music blog, where a new album or song release just pushes me out of the family, work, running or just general life traffic jam we all find ourselves in at times. We must prioritise our interests into manageable bites between the inevitable daily tasks of housework, changing insurance companies, signing up for trail races or buying tickets to gigs that won’t happen anytime soon.

“I Didn’t Love You when I said I Did and I Don’t Now” has done just that, a jangly guitar opening with Sarah Deegan’s endearingly soft and powerful vocal pulling you in instantly, before the full weight of the feedback laden lead guitar and rhythm section arrive like the realisation echoed in the opening lyrics. That by your late twenties you probably won’t have figured out any of the shit you thought you might at 22. After you have finished your first set of those slow head bangs reserved for that particular anthemic sound you find here, you don’t get much chance for respite as the song drives on regardless of your ability to keep up. Deegan’s vocals continue that trick of sounding soft without ever once being overpowered by the huge sound behind them. The track rises to a crescendo towards the end making me desperately miss the ear thumping, crowd swaying claustrophobia of a crammed backroom in Whelans.

It’s definitely a track to put on your headphones and lose yourself for it’s 3.31s and maybe feel just a hint of what we will get back when live music returns and we get to hear a track like this in all it’s true glory.

You can purchase the track on their bandcamp here

I Didn't Love You When I Said I Did and I Don't Now by Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra

Stream it on spotify or your chosen music service.

Freckle Season EP release. Orla Gartland comes of age.

21 Feb

 

Break ups. If you are currently, have recently or just want to re-experience the keen edge of feelings from a more chaotic and youthful time in your life with the nostalgic view that time and distance allows, then pop on your headphones and sit by the window of a rain soaked bus* and let Freckle Season wash over you. It hits those universally simple feelings that we all experience some time or another.

The stand out tracks of the EP “Figure It Out” and “Heavy” track 2 and 3 respectively are two very different songs in both their composition and content perfectly demonstrating the various sounds Gartland can pull off. Figure It Out a grungy angst track with softer moments filled with the frustration of de-tangling the strands of life that have been entwined in a long term relationship. Check out the live video version below to see how far Gartland has come from a solo acoustic YouTuber to the seasoned professional.

Heavy is a piano laden ode to the small things you’ll miss even if you know you made the right decision in the end. Capturing the mundane everyday moments of a relationship that gave you such comfort. Gartland shines a light on these things from her own experience in a way that everybody can relate to, elevating the act of watching Grand Designs to poetry. A fully rounded and wonderful song which will no doubt help the mending of many hearts who hear it.

 

Freckle Season charts the course of a relationship break up and all the sadness, anger, loneliness & liberation that comes with such an experience in someone’s life. This release feels like an artist confident and in control of her sound and direction, leaps and bounds away from some of her youthful experiments that sometimes felt steered by outside influences. Her releases since 2018’s “I Go Crazy” have been better and better and the future looks very bright from here.

 

*(or by chance its not raining lie on the living room floor giving ample space to dance during the appropriate moments, you wont miss them)

I’m no hip hop expert. But I feckin like this.

2 May

Eviction notice by Kojaque feat Kean Kavanagh.

 

A perfect mix of melody and lyrics. It manages to avoid the clichés of the genre which can stunt a lot of attempts from Irish artists to make it outside a smaller exclusively hip hop audience and push into the wider music culture in Ireland. Presenting a softer more vulnerable/relatable side of the protagonist mixed with soft beats and piano lead. A nice contrast when the (maybe misguided) expected voice of the genre is often just profanity or guns, bitches and bling. The lyrics sound so everyday and simple it’s instantly relatable.

And if you like that check out a different vibe below:
The production value and performance in the video alone should draw your attention.

Is it ever too late to post about a great song? David Keenan “Cobwebs”

20 Feb

I have loved this and forgotten it and loved it again several times this last hectic year.  While my time and energy have not recently been spent in writing and sharing my love of all things music. I felt this one deserved a moment.

A truly emphatic voice which bears a sound of experience and life far beyond it’s singers years. The song transports you into it’s world within the first few words, setting the scene for the briefest glance of a tumultuous relationship. It hints at the artists depth of influence, as it evokes a folk history touching Irish, British and American roots. It floats into a crescendo that is somehow airy, ethereal and heavy at the same time. An effect  that seems to come from the combination of the soulful, rough vocals and the guitars that reverberate as if played in the room with you.

Hopefully you find something in it to enjoy as much as I do.

 

In wonderful timing as always with these things, he has some new stuff on the way and an Irish tour with plenty of dates  links here on his Facebook.

 

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New Single – Easier Day – Little Green Cars

4 Mar

12647291_10153940156118928_4611533786451603942_nLittle Green Cars have returned, after their sky rocket from dublin music scene stalwarts to international fame and an Irish Number 1.  The release of their single ‘John Wayne’ and the follow up debut album Absolute Zero in 2013 brought the band hoards of new fans. Expectations will be high for their next release.

The fears of any second album syndrome will be well and truly erased with one listen to their new single. Driven by a beautiful vocal from lead singer Faye O’Rourke the song builds from a wonderfully simple and sombre start until the lead guitar washes over you, the sound of which is so perfectly captured you will find it hard not to believe its being played in  the room with you.

The sound is confident and mature showing the bands growth over the last few years of a life changing career trajectory , good signs for the new album seeing them fulfill all the promise and talent shown in their first offering. I can see this song being a slow burner garnering more and more attention as it goes.

 

New album ‘Ephemera’ is now available for preorder. It’s released on March 11th and you can find it on iTunessmarturl.it/EphemeraLGC.

 

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