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New Music – Twelve’Len, Maria Leck, Sonnets & Sisters

New music to thrill you skinny from Florida, Dalarna and Dundalk

Sonnets & Sisters

Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 09:45


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


What’s up Florida? Twelve’Len is the second shapely hip-hop act to feature in these pages from that stage in recent times alongside Kaiydo. In the case of Twelve’Len, we’re talking a dude from Miami called Vares Joseph with a great handle on spacey, other-worldly rhymes and tough-but-tender lines about life in the Carol City neighbourhood, aided and abetted by Zach Fogarty and Nick Leon on production. He’s got an album called “FRI(END)S” dropping soon so keep your ear peeled for that. Big up hurling aficionado FO’C for the tip-off.

Maria Leck

“Lines” is the song which had us trying to find more about the Swedish singer with the beautiful voice. From Dalarna in the middle of the country (tracking new acts is great for your geographical knowledge), Leck’s work exudes great confidence, a performer who knows the power of strong narratives and who takes the influence of Feist and Joni Mitchell to new places. Very special.

Sonnets & Sisters

One of a gazillion of brand new acts playing the Electric Picnic festival, Dundalk’s Sonnets & Sisters have folksome melodies and harmonies galore to see them thrive amidst the weekend’s action. Formerly a duo and known as SAS, Stephanie Winters, Anton Hande, Saidhbhin Gorham and Harry Stover are already producing tunes which display great depth and potential like debut single “Take What You Want”. See them in Stradbally on Saturday at the Oxfam Tent (3pm) and on Sunday on Body & Soul’s Earthship Stage (noon).