New Music – Jessica Doherty, Carroll, Fun With Ropes
New acts for you to check out from Derry, Minneapolis and Dublin
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.
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.
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.