Listen | Dublin/Reykjavik duo Variant Sea return with the cinematic ‘Hiraeth’

Dublin/Reykjavik instrumental duo Variant Sea have made their return with the brand new single, ‘Hiraeth’. Spanning over an epic seven minutes, ‘Hiraeth’ finds Variant Sea moving into more expansive territory with their mix of ambient, post-rock and classical music. Experienced through movements rather than verses or motifs, the sound of ‘Hiraeth’ is that of far-off…

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Watch | Katie Kim gives us a glimpse into her new album ‘Salt’

The ever enigmatic Katie Kim makes her long-awaited return with details on her forthcoming album Salt as well as a behind the scene video. Due for release on Friday, October 14th on digital and limited edition vinyl, Salt will be the much-anticipated follow-up to Katie Kim’s monumental double album Cover & Flood which came out in 2012. The accompanying making-of video…

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Maria Kelly, Ailbhe Reddy & more appear on Pieta House charity album

A host of Irish acts have come together to provide tracks for Breathe a compilation album in aid of Pieta House. The charity record will raise some much needed funds for Pieta House centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide and the incredibly important work they provide. A fundraiser made all the all the more vital due…

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Listen | Field Trip release the thrashing jangle of ‘Youth In Asia’

Garage-pop act Field Trip have released their second brand new second single, ‘Youth In Asia’. Picking up where they left off with the band’s debut single ‘You & I’, Field Trip’s sophomore single ‘Youth In Asia’ is a contorted short to the arm of garage-pop infused power-pop. Jangling and distorting, the sound of ‘Youth In…

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Listen | Carron unveil ‘Marble Arch’

Folk-pop duo Carron have unveiled ‘Marble Arch’, the first single to be taken from their upcoming E.P. Roots. The latest act to emerge from Ireland’s bustling alternative-pop/folk scene Carron have made their presence felt with ‘Marble Arch’, a harmonious and traditionally tinged take on the genre. Separating themselves from some the twee or overtly commercial pitfalls…

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Little Gem Records release 1st year compilation album

Dublin-based independent record label and store Little Gem have released a compilation album to celebrate their first year. Following a busy first year for Little Gem, the Irish record label has marked its first birthday with Little Gem 1 (which is out now via bandcamp). A retrospective compilation album that encompasses tracks from acts who featured on…

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Listen | Paddy Hanna reveals b-side ‘Choclate and Salt’

Paddy Hanna has unveiled ‘Chocolate and Salt’, the b-side to his upcoming single ‘Underprotected’.  A much more rhythmically based track, the flip-side to Paddy Hanna’s new single provides a bouncier take on the artist’s sound. Performed with a pop and spring in it’s step ‘Chocolate and Salt’ is the quintessential b-side. Taking the grand textural…

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Listen | The Blades return with new single ‘Harder Times’

Irish indie-pop legends the Blades have returned with the single ‘Harder Times’, the band’s first new music in 30 years. Taken from the Blades forthcoming E.P. Smalltime (which is due for release on November), ‘Harder Times’ finds the band pick-up where they left-off three decades ago with a bombastic power-pop sound driven forward by big booming…

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Listen | Check out new collaborative project ‘From the Forest’

Tony Fitz, Ruairi Lynch & Jason Mayer all appear on the track ‘Route One’, taken from a new series of recorded writing sessions called From the Forest.  Coming as part of the one-off collaborative sessions inspired by Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions and recorded in an old country house, ‘Route One’ is a rip-roaring instrumental piece of alternative-rock with…

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