TLMT looks back at the last four weeks to pick out some of the stand-out tracks coming out of Ireland, featuring the Murder Capital, Tandem Felix, Nerves & more.
Chanele McGuinness – Charlie…
The Mixed-Tape: “A raw, bare-boned offering from Chanele McGuinness, the stark sound of ‘Charlie…’ gently but ominously bristles with undertones of dark textures, an unrelenting guitar line and a pointed but softly delivered vocals from McGuinness.”
KTG – Don’t Tell My Mother
A vibrant offering from KTG, the multi-layered production, rolling rhythm and lush vocals of ‘Don’t Tell My Mother’ make for an infectious intro to a new songwriter on the scene.
Nerves – Pastel
Taken from jangle-pop trio Nerves debut E.P. Everything Ahead Of Us… ‘Pastel’ is a jolting collision of pointed guitar lines, pounding beats and forefront vocals that merge into a texturally unrelenting sonic milieu.
Matilda O’Mahoney – Losing My May
A subtle slice of songwriting, the softly set sound of Matilda O’Mahoney’s ‘Losing My Way’ plays with an upfront, captivating vocal against a gently shimmering backdrop of distance textural flourishes.
AikJ – One Last Time
With its vivid beat, AikJ’s latest offering, ‘One Last Time’, is a wonderfully interwoven track that blends a myriad of sounds into one complete, lush music that grabs you from the beginning.
Jack Rua & Loguos – Ego
Ambition is the order of the day with Jack Rua & Loguos’ ‘Ego’, working through a prism of electro-pop, the track swings for the fences with hook after hook leading to big sing-a-long choruses.
Hunkpapa – Cappuccino
The Mixed-Tape: Set to a thunderous beat, the big ambitious alt-rock of ‘Cappuccino’ is a song filled with an upward motion. Hunkpapa’s latest offering finds the band swinging for the fences sonically, and creating multi-layered music within a slick production.
The Murder Capital – Don’t Cling To Life
The Murder Capital’s third offering from their upcoming debut album When I Have Fears, ‘Don’t Cling To Life’ is a song set to an unrelenting tense urgency that captures the vital immediacy of the bands’ sound.
Ivan Nicolas – Sicily
A lush sounding tapestry of jangled guitars, bursts of brass and hooky vocals, Ivan Nicolas’ ‘Sicily’ a sun-drenched offering that is an indie gem in and of itself.
Villagers – Summer Songs
A vivid collage, ‘Summer Songs’ serene psych-pop tinged milieu makes for a deeply textured offering from Villagers that shimmers with a vibrant backdrop of tightly interwoven melody.
Moncrieff – Ghost
A weighty slice of alt-pop, ‘Ghost’ has a power behind it that conveys Moncrieff as an artist with music that is instantly captivating.
Gadget and the Cloud – Keep You
Delving into a darkened obscured electronic soundscape, Gadget and the Cloud’s ‘Keep You’ builds and builds and builds into a multi-layered collision of rhythm, texture and atmospherics.
Bantum & Loah – Summer Of Love
The Mixed-Tape: “The latest in a series of collaborations between Bantum and Loah, ‘Summer of Love’ is brimming to the top with suitably sun-drenched sound pulled forward by hazy synth lines, a pulsing beat and a beguiling vocal performance.”
Milk – Temperature
A moving collage of electro-pop and slight flourishes of indie, Milk’s sound takes shape with the serene-pop beat, persistent guitar and hook-filled choruses of ‘Temperature’, an ambitious new track from the band.
Elaine Mai – Gay Girls (Remix)
Elaine Mai re-imagines Pillow Queens stand-out single ‘Gay Girls’ into an expansive electronic soundscape, contorting the immediate indie-pop sound of the original and adding a sense of space and time to the mix.
Sara Ryan – Bright Blue Screens
A texturally deep slice of barque-pop, Sara Ryan’s ‘Bright Blue Screens’ has a noir edge to it that creates tension within the atmospheric production.
Luunah – Heart on the Left
A vivid take on pop music, Luunah delivers a big ambitious sound with her new single ‘Heart On The Left’, a song that swings for the fences with a vibrant beat, statement-making synth lines and infectious hook-filled songwriting.
Tandem Felix – Nightclub (I Sold My Soul To The Devil)
The Mixed-Tape: As intricate, lyrically layered and infectious to listen to as we’ve come to expect from Tandem Felix ‘Nightclub (I Sold My Soul to the Devil)’ is a sure-footed intro to the band’s forthcoming L.P (due out on October 10th).