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New Music – Jessica Doherty, Carroll, Fun With Ropes

New acts for you to check out from Derry, Minneapolis and Dublin

Jessica Doherty

Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 14:10


Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.

Jessica Doherty

A bunch of promenient support slots as well as her haunting, spinetingling track “Wolves” is what’s alerting folks to the potential of this Derry teenager. Produced by Conor Mason, “Wolves” is soft and tender but there’s a really strong, crafted, resonant power to the arrangements and the structure. Anyone around Derry can catch her at one of her shows over the weekend with Soak, Booka Brass Band and as part of the CultureTECH festival.


A band with an absolutely brillant name, Carroll hail from Minneapolis and they’re about to release their self-titled debut album this month. From that record, produced by Jon Low (War On Drugs, The National, Local Natives etc), “Green Acres” is the sound of the four-piece band creating a hypnotic, warm-hearted, dreamy, broody, idiosyncratic jam. The album, meanwhile, is streaming here.

Fun With Ropes

It’s relatively early days for Irish-Swedish duo Adam Donnelly and Julija Melander, but their recent batch of tunes demonstrate some damn special electronic pop smarts. There’s a lovely lilt to Melander’s voice on “We Don’t Remember”, while the punchy backing and exuberent, bright colouring make it something quite distinctive. The Dublin-based act’s first live show takes place at Whelan’s in the city on October 10.