Newfound Sounds for August

Festuring Groom, Juhn Echo, Bren O’Ruaidh, Bantum, Codes, I Heart the Monster Hero and Ilenkus

Folk weaving: Juhn Echo

Folk weaving: Juhn Echo


Quirky lyrics with an Irish bent; handmade (not throwaway) pop; fragile vocals with plenty of heart: that’s Groom for you. Latest album Bread and Jam (August 9th), shows us a band with a new level of confidence.

Juhn Echo take elements of Irish trad and American bluegrass and weave them into their folk sound, placing the stunning vocals of Niamh Regan to the fore. Their debut EP is a wonderful introduction.

Also moving along the folk vein is Bren O’RuaidhHalfway to No Place is his debut solo record. With emphasis on fingerpicking and tales told with strong voice, it’s a timeless sound he’s aiming for.

Looking for some luscious electronica to keep you company as the summer comes to a close? Let Bantum’s Oh My Days (featuring Eimear O’Donovan) look after you.

Codes relocated to London to work on their new stuff – and it shows. Their bolder sound is showcased on single Astraea, with its dark synth lines, clipped guitar riffs and detached vocals.

It’s hard to believe this is I heart the Monster Hero’s debut full-length, such is their longstanding presence on the Irish scene. Rhythm & Pals speaks to those who count the Replacements, Wipers and REM among their aural bedfellows.

Finally, let the blues be blasted away by Galway post-metal/hardcore outfit Ilenkus’s new single Over the Fire Under the Smoke, from forthcoming album The Crossing. It’s the type of song music journalists itch to use the word “juggernaut’ in reference to. So we’ll stick with that.

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