Eoghan O’Sullivan, who blogs about music at The Point Of Everything, takes us through the Irish music that’s been getting his ears all excited this week, as we enter March.
Let’s start off in Cork shall we, where New York-born, Waterford-raised Sad Soul Circus resides. Known to his friends as Finn Yowell, he’s 19 and makes electronica not too far removed from Cork’s other stars Toby Kaar and (Eoghan) Reid. You may have already heard his first release, the excellent ‘Waves’, which you can download here, and this week we got the chilled out ‘Warm Winter’s Feast’. With vague vocals in the distance, it’s a more percussion-based track that should warm the cockles of your heart as we enter March.
Sad soul circus – ‘Warm Winter’s Feast’
Dublin band Bouts remind me a lot of Future Kings Of Spain: heavy on the guitar, softly spoken vocals and great choruses. This week they released their second single, the double-A side ‘Get Sick’ and ‘Turn Away’. They release the single on 7″ vinyl at the end of the month, but you can buy the digital versions now. Both are available from Bouts’ Bandcamp page. You may need to turn the speakers up loud for these. They are going on an Irish tour shortly, details of which are here.
Bouts – ‘Get Sick’
Bouts – ‘Turn Away’
The hottest act in Ireland at the moment is undoubtedly Mmoths, who completed his Leaving Certificate only last year, signing a record deal on the same day. His debut EP is out shortly and the latest track we’ve heard from it is ‘Summer’, which he put on the internet last year but which now features vocals, courtesy of LA’s Superhumanoids. It’s dreamy and juxtaposes the, er, summery vibes with downhearted lyrics. Best not to dwell on them though.
Mmoths – ‘Summer’ (ft Superhumanoids)
Another track that will get you vibing and in the mood for the weekend is David Kitt’s (remember him?) remix of sometime Jape collaborator Goodtime’s ‘One Shot’. Taken from his second album The Colours of Darkness, which you can listen to here, Kitt drains it of colours, adds some bleeps and puts the vocals front and centre. The original is pretty hard to top though.
Goodtime – ‘One Shot’ (David Kitt’s Different Dream Mix)
Finally, the Choice Prize for the best Irish album is announced on Wednesday. My tips for the accolade are the Dublin duo We Cut Corners, who this week released a video for ‘Toll Free’, one of the highlights from Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards. It’s a pretty simple video, where you get to see them pulling faces with images projected on top. Simple, but effective, like the group themselves (also two of the nicest lads in the Irish music scene).