Nialler9's New Irish Music: Evvol, exmagician, D.A.R.K. and more
The best new Irish music of the week, also featuring releases from Dylan Tighe, Fox Jaw, BARQ, Ports and Overhead the Albatross
Pleasure principle: Julie Chance and Jane Arnison from Irish/Australian Berlin-based duo Evvol
SONGS OF THE WEEK
D.A.R.K - Curvy
This is unexpected. The Cranberries' singer Dolores O’Riordan has teamed up with The Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke and New York producer Olé Koretsky for a new band spurred on by a chance meeting that lead to a collaborative album with three distinct personalities that explore new wave, electronic and pop music. Science Agrees is out on May 27th and the first single has a strong bang of New Order from it.
PORTS - Kingdom
How do you like your “emotionally literate rock?” Before you close the browser never to return, hit play on the latest single from the Derry band who were formerly known as Little Bear. Despite the description, Kingdom is a richly effective track in the vein of Grizzly Bear. Maybe that's why they changed the name...
Evvol - Physical L.U.V
The Berlin-based pairing of Irish singer Julie Chance and Australian multi-instrumentalist Jane Arnison released a fine album of electronic-tinged alt-pop last year on !K7 Records, After touring with Peaches and YACHT, they have a five-track EP for the label, trailed by this slice of sinewy art pop electronica.
Dylan Tighe - On My Knees
Dublin singer-songwriter Dylan Tighe will release his second album Wabi-Sabi Soul in two weeks. Also an actor and theatre-maker, Tighe has lined up two events (see wabisabisoul.eventbrite.com) - on April 26th at Dublin's Light House Cinema and April 29th at DLR Lexicon Library. One will feature surround sound and 3D lyrics, the other will be a headphones-concert featuring musicians who played on the album. On My Knees is a lot more traditional than that promised presentation, as a languid guitar groove sets the backdrop for personal rumination. The video harks back to something you might have seen on 120 Minutes back in the day on MTV.
FOX JAW - Do You Want It All?
Limerick rock'n'rollers Fox Jaw make use of baritone vocals and a seedy atmosphere on their new song, their first since 2014's Ghost's Parade album. The band have tour dates lined up in Limerick, Dublin and Galway soon.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
exmagician - Scan The Blue
Danny Todd and James Smith were formerly members of the Belfast band Cashier No.9 until things dissolved quietly. With a new name they return to pick up where they left off with an album that keeps that former band's gift for earworm indie/rock guitar riffs and melody intact. What is new is a wash of psychedelic texture that comes primarily from the employment of a Korg synth and a laser-pointed production that gives the album a clear scope. There's also time and space given to country blues on Feet Don't Fall, swampy stoner rock on Smile To The Gallery but it's the skyscraping rock of Job Done and jangle pop of Kiss That Wealth Goodbye that will have listeners returning.
NEW ARTIST OF THE WEEK
A newly formed band they may be, but BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past. BARQ takes its cues from a love of soul, R&B and Radiohead. Debut track Gentle Kind Of Lies introduces their “Agrosoul” and rides a neo-soul groove with a fierce attitude and a touch of class.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Overhead, The Albatross - Indie Rose
Video by Luke Daly
As a band who make filmic post-rock with orchestral swells, Overhead are perfectly suited to soundtrack some dramatic visuals which is what we get with their new video featuring a disparate cast of Dubliners up to good no good.