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New Music – Carly Coonagh, Joy Again, Melaena Cadiz

New music hurrahs from Dublin, Philadelphia and Los Angeles

Melaena Cadiz

Thu, Apr 14, 2016, 10:30


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.

Carly Coonagh

The Dublin singer-songwriter with the striking voice and a winning way with a melody may only be releasing her debut single “Dream Away” this week, but she’s a seasoned operator with many support slots, festival dates and appearances with the Dublin Gospel Choir to her credit. “Dream Away” was produced by Sigla and it’s a swell, radio-friendly alt-pop delight with subtle charm galore. She plays Dublin’s Ruby Sessions on Tuesday next (April 19).

Joy Again

Shamir is the dude who’s tipping and managing Philadelphia’s Joy Again and he’s definitely onto something. What started as a duo featuring Sachi DiSerafino and Arthur Shea has become a full band playing super-smart, giddy indie-pop full of intriguing twists and turns, as seen on debut single “Looking Out for You”/”How You Feel”. They’re also a pretty impressive live band, as seen by their performance at SXSW last month.

Melaena Cadiz

The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter’s new album “Sunfair” is great place to explore her bewitching, haunting folk-pop. Blessed with a voice which will remind you of Karen Dalton and Linda Perhacs, Cadiz writes songs which are full of warm, hazy, twangy shade and shadows, a rush of desert blues with some great heart and soul in the midst of the melodies.