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New Album. U2. Songs of Innocence.

10 Sep

So U2 surprised everybody with a sudden release of their newest offering Songs of Innocence exclusively on iTunes free for all the world to download. My hopes from January of this year for a completely un-hyped release came true giving fans a chance to judge the album on the music and nothing else. The release without any sort of build up is perfect no reviews to tell you what to think in advance, no time to re-new your hate of Bono (if your that way inclined), just the music to instantly hear and evaluate for yourself.

There’s no denying how huge it is when U2 release an album, this morning I walked the aisles of the dart and looked at so many people’s ipod screen displaying the new U2 digital album cover as they listened. A simple hand written vinyl record sleeve emphasising that that this is about the music and nothing more.

U2 Songs of Innocence

Today will be a day spent listening to the album and from my first cursory auditory glance its sounding good getting back to writing songs about real things from life, its not caught up in trying to sound like a “U2” album a lot less self indulgent than the usual ageing rock-star releases.

It’s looking like the first of a series of albums set to be released with this being mainly about the band and its members early existence in the 70’s in Dublin.

I won’t go into any more detail as I’m sure it will be reviewed to death and plenty reviews will struggle to be about the music and not the band. So have a listen for yourself and decide for yourself, because they have already made the money from itunes and the rest is just a gift for us to hear.

Listen to its first radio play exclusively by Dave Fanning here.

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New Single. Color//Sound. To The Countryside

18 Jun

Colour Sound

 
Dublin based Oisin Furlong, Brendan McGlynn, Steven McCann and Ben Roe formed Color//Sound in 2012 at BIMM Dublin.

I’ve caught them live once or twice and every time they deliver a confident and self assured performance. A diverse sound delivered through all four members of the band who seem equally comfortable in front of a microphone and on their particular instrument leads to a very powerful performance. Their new single ‘To the countryside’ shows some of the ease they possess at sliding between floating soft melodies and upbeat guitar laden indie rock. Plenty of catchy hooks and harmonies as the lead vocals trade off between different members of the band it creates a huge sound from the four piece.

 
With influences ranging from Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley to Explosions In The Sky and Radiohead, the band draws inspiration from all genres and combines them to create their own explosive sound. After a year of extensive gigging alongside the countries cream of the crop, including Cathy Davey, Villagers, Little Matador, Neil Hannon & Turn. Color//Sound are set to release their new single ‘To the Countryside’ soon maybe even in a couple of days as their facebook page is counting down to something.

‘To The Countryside’ is due for release on Monday 23rd of June.

Ian O’Doherty. New Video. Woven.

16 May

Ian O’Doherty released his fanatastic new single on the 12th of May. It’s an energy filled song that feels like its struggling against its bonds, full of earnest vocals and distraught lyrics.

 
Here’s a nice coincidence I’m pretty sure the protagonist of Ian O’Doherty’s video is the same actor that’s in Ciaran Lavery’s new video below check it out for yourself. One things for sure he does some excellent acting in both maybe you’ll see him on the big screen somewhere soon to.

Ian O’Doherty. New Single. Woven.

11 Apr

 
Ahead of the May 16th release of Ian O’Doherty’s first single of 2014, “Woven”, comes a live video of O’Doherty and his band performing the track in the studio at Cork School of Music.
(Featuring Brendan Fennessy of O Emperor on drums who shared production duties with O’Doherty on the track)

A well produced and polished track with a hint of Ben Howard in the sound capturing some lovely urgency in the vocal melodies as the song flows from restrained and minimal to urgent and expansive. NOt often have I got to feature a Kerryman on the blog, a great track.

Check out more from Ian O’Doherty at www.ianodoherty.com
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Monsenior Single Available for download.

15 Mar


 
Today is the day Monsenior new single ‘Raise a Glass is available all over the interweb. Here is the list of everywhere you can get it.

iTunes

Spotify

Soundcloud

After a fantastic night in BelloBar last night now’s your chance to download Monsenior’s new double A side single ‘Raise a Glass’ and ‘Down on you’ two little slices of Alt pop with a certain amount of disco and funky instrumentation coupled with sweet melodies.

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