The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Including Tony McMahon, Swet Shop Boys, Eden Ahbez, Jack O’Rourke, Susso, Na Mooneys, Jack Talty etc
Tony MacMahon “Farewell to Music” (Raelach)
A late rally for that albums of the year list from the Co Clare maestro. Read this backrgound piece by Raelach’s Paul O’Connor about the making of the album for more on what is a striking, distinctive and beautiful piece of work.
Swet Shop Boys “T5″ (Customs)
Das Rascist’s Heems and actor and rapper Rizwan “Riz MC” Ahmed (who was brilliant in one of the TV shows of the year The Night Of) join forces for this formidable state-of-the-world set-to.
Eden Ahbez “Eden’s Island” (Del-Fi)
As recommended by Agnes Obel. Boho beatnik jazz and soul and free spirited sounds on the only album from the Californian hippie who wrote “Nature Boy”
Oscar & The Wolf “The Game” (Play It Again Sam)
Belgian dude Max Colombie reaches for the sky with this dramatic gamechanger produced by Noah Breakfast (Christine and The Queens, Ty Dolla $ign etc)
Jack Talty “In Flow” (Raelach)
More Clare magic with the debut solo album from the concertina player and Ensemble Eriu assembler full of gorgeous melodies and ear-catching atmospherics.
Mal Devisa “Kiid” (Self released)
Rumbling widescreen songs to consider at great length from Amherst singer-songwriter Deja Carr expertly channelling the ghosts and vibes of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday
Jack O’Rourke “Silence” (Self release)
One of the musical highlights of last weekend’s Banter sojourn in Dingle for Other Voices was a powerful peformance of this tune by O’Rourke in front of a packed house in Foxy John’s
True “Holiday Tickets” (Mouthwatering Records)
Dizzy and giddy Swiss synth-pop with a pep and a dash in its step and a gigantic hook to boot
Susso “Ansumana” (Soundway)
London producer Huw Bennet makes merry with field recordings and inspirations from various Mandinka folk musicians caught in action in Gambia.
Na Mooneys “Morning Dew” (Self release)
Gaoth Dobhair abú. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, Gearóid Ó Maonaigh and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh keep it family and fire up massive reel as if their lives depended on it.