Review | “it’s not only story telling, it’s world building” Lankum – The Livelong Day

The Last Mixed Tape reviews The Livelong Day, the brand new studio album from Lankum.

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Review | “An album of pure expression” Junior Brother – Pull The Right Rope

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Pull The Right Rope, the debut studio album from songwriter Junior Brother. There’s infectious freedom to the music of Junior Brother, it’s wild untamed nature is carefree of expectation or pretense resulting in the unbridled creativity at the heart of his debut. An idiosyncratic album, Junior Brother’s Pull The Right Rope may be the…

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Review | “Subtle but beautiful” Ye Vagabonds – Ye Vagabonds

The Last Mixed Tape reviews the self-titled debut studio album from Irish alternative-folk duo Ye Vagabonds. About halfway through my first listen on Ye Vagabonds I became so immersed in it that I lost my place, unable to determine which song I was on and where on the album I was. This could be a bad thing in…

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Review | “The embodiment of ethereal” Seamus Fogarty – The Curious Hand

The Last Mixed Tape reviews The Curious Hand, the brand new studio album from Seamus Fogarty.  The embodiment of ethereal, Seamus Fogarty’s The Curious Hand has a softness to it undercut by Fogarty’s abstract take on Irish traditional music. An album built around lyricism and phrasing, both the music and the meaning play an equal role in bringing…

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Review | Jiggy – Translate

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Translate, the debut studio album from trad inspired band Jiggy. Communication characterizes Translate. The overarching theme of language through sound and rhythm defines Jiggy’s debut and is felt through every movement the music makes. Using traditional roots flourishes to convey this, the group widen their own sonic scope with a fusion of influences.…

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Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley Irish tour dates announced

Traditional duo Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley are set to embark on a tour across Ireland this winter. Following the pair’s sold-out show at the National Concert Hall in Dublin recently, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley will take their distinctive take on the trad/folk genre to venues across the country. See full tour dates below.…

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Listen | Check out the big-music of Lyra’s ‘Emerald’

Alternative-pop artist Lyra has released the genre warping sound of her new single ‘Emerald’. Highly stylised and ambitious, the music of ‘Emerald’ is a meeting place between ethereal trad and large-scale alternative-pop bombast. Marking Lyra out as songwriter who moves boundaries to shape her own specific sound, ‘Emerald’ is as dynamic as it is engrossing.…

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Review | Lisa O’Neill – Pothole In The Sky

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Pothole In The Sky, the third studio album from singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill.  Pothole In The Sky is an album about the deliver and meaning behind how lyrics are conveyed. It’s storytelling through song in its purest form. Lisa O’Neill’s latest record once again gives us an insight into the unique emotional perspective…

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Review | The Young Folk – First Sign of Morning

The Last Mixed Tape reviews First Sign of Morning, the sophomore studio album from the Young Folk. The distant piano that appears and proceeds the closing crescendo of ‘First Sign of Morning’ sounds of taut tension, desire and isolation. This single element captures the entire mood of First Sign of Morning as an album. There’s beauty here, but…

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Review | In The Willows – Fallen Bird

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Fallen Bird, the latest extended play from Waterford alternative-folk act In The Willows. Texture is essential to an E.P. like Fallen Bird. There has to be a heft to the music to support the airier folk harmonies that rest on the record’s outer-layer. This has sometimes been an issue for In The Willows,…

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