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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.


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.

Itsatangent Playlist Thirteen. May 2013. Quiet and Loud.

1 May

Itsatangent Playlist Thirteen

Itsatangent Playlist Thirteen. May 2013. Quiet and Loud. Feat John Fullbright, Daft Punk, The Milk, Jenny Hval, The National, Eels, Savages, Little Green Cars, etc.

Eamon Bode Debut Ep Tinman

11 Apr
Eamon Bode, Tinman

Eamon Bode, Tinman

Eamon Bode recently released his debut ep in the Twisted Pepper. Tinman a 4 track offering from this Dublin musician is a quiet, thoughtful and melancholic set of songs. The first track Tinman sound like its being sung inside your head with lyrics and guitar pushing along like the thoughts of a racing mind. For me this ep hits its height in the second and third tracks sweet dreams and through the noise, it’s when Bode’s emotions seem most on his sleeve and the instrumentation and production all add to build a full picture of each song. Bode is easily recognisable in that I have no idea what he looks like, it seems he can only be found with an over-sized and ever raised hood obscuring his face even while regularly busking in Dublin. Tinman seems to have influences from many places such as Bon Iver, Elliot Smith and The Shins.

It’s a slow burner, after my first listen I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but finding myself humming ‘Sweet Dreams’ hours after the first listen I had to hear it again. The melodies just seem to seep inside allowing you to hear parts of the tracks you never heard before each time you listen.
In the Wizard Of Oz the Tinman is in search of a heart, you wont have to look hard to find it in Eamon Bode’s ep, his heart is in every note.

Check out more on Eamon on his bandcamp or his website.

Itsatangent Playlist Eleven March 2013. Doubles and Past.

22 Mar

Itsatangent Playlist Eleven March 2013 Feat: Dinosaur Pile Up,David Bowie, Giant Drag, Lucy Rose, Biggles Flys Again,Emmy The Great, Lets Buy Happiness, Semisonic, The Minutes and more.

Itsatangent Playlist Eleven.

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