The North Sea – Anniversary

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Anniversary, the much-anticipated debut album from Dublin based post-punk band the North Sea. “Chemistry will be the ruin of me” insists Eoin Kenny towards the end of the North Sea’s stunning debut Anniversary, as honest as it is relatable the lyric defines the romantic abandon and grounded post-punk tone of the record…

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Columbia Mills – The Perfect Day

The Last Mixed Tape reviews The Perfect Day, the sophomore E.P. from Bray based indietronica act Columbia Mills.  Big on sound and scope, Columbia Mill’s sophomore E.P. The Perfect Day is a handsomely mounted successor to the group’s darkly brooding debut Factory Settings. While many follow-up E.P’s work as a “road test” for a forthcoming album or…

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TLMT’s 10 stand-out albums of 2015, so far…

We’re almost halfway through the year and it’s time for the Last Mixed Tape’s mid-term report starting with the 10 stand-out albums of 2015 so far. This list is no particular order.  Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream  Soak more than met the weighty expectations that came in the build up to her…

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TLMT’s 10 stand-out E.P’s of 2015, so far…

We’re almost halfway through the year and it’s time for the Last Mixed Tape’s mid-term report starting with the 10 stand-out E.P’s of 2015 so far. This list is no particular order.  O Emperor – Lizard  O Emperor provided a spectacular return with Lizard this year. Once again changing and broadening their sound into something…

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Sinéad White – Finally

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Finally, the long-awaited debut studio album from songwriter Sinéad White.  Opening with the slow-burning heartbreak of ‘Better’, Sinead White sets the scene for the entirety of Finally. The whole album aches with emotion both past and present, long-held aspirations and regrets from relationships that have since receded into memory. Indeed memory seems to…

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Nubus – Tape Sketches

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Tape Sketches, the new album from ambient electronica artist Nubus.  The music of Tape Sketches is a gentle evocation of the human spirit. The concept/title of the piece, ‘Sketches’, draws from the immediacy of each individual moment in which we live our lives and for that Nubus has ambition. Harmony and rhythm both flow…

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The Klares – Cookoo

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Cookoo, the second E.P. from Dublin based indie-rock outfit the Klares.  The sound of the Klares is that of the buzzing street lights, humming city traffic and the cavernous echo of concrete. There’s youthful frustration behind Cookoo, the whole E.P. teems with an aggressive impatience that is truly infectious. Merging various indie-rock…

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Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Before We Forgot How To Dream, the much-anticipated debut studio album from Soak.  Before We Forgot How To Dream is an album whose appeal derives from its stark honesty, reverberating with raw, bare-boned lyricism and sound. The record is artful in exactly how it draws you in. Moving in tonal peaks and troughs Before…

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Somerville at ‘Culture Vultures’ – Odessa Club

Somerville was last night’s musical guest on the final Culture Vultures show of the season at the Odessa Club. Following a rather frank and honest public interview between host Tony Clayton-Lea and Donal Dineen, it seemed fitting that this month’s live act be as uncompromising and unconventional as the music often played by the legendary DJ…

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Mongoose – Mongoose

The Last Mixed Tape reviews the self-titled debut album from jazz-folk four-piece Mongoose.  Jangling acoustics guitars, shuffling shakers and intertwined harmonies are the order of the day on Mongoose’s eponymous first L.P. From the quick change jump of ‘Woman on the Beat’ to the subtle sound of ‘Featherkisses’ the record runs an array of tempos…

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