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New Music – Matt Maeson, ROE, Van Panther

Who says there’s no new music to write about in December? Newbies to dig from Virginia Beach, Derry and Limerick


Thu, Dec 15, 2016, 09:27


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.

Matt Maeson

“Cringe” is the tune which made us mark Matt Maeson’s name down in our little black book. It’s a real ear-catcher, a tune which starts out gently and turns out to have a heck of a lot of gusto under the bonnet. There is a bang of Jeff Buckley to the husky tone of this Virginia Beach dude’s voice, but the thumping thrust of the track and the anthemic lift shows he’s well capable of following his own star.


Derry’s Roisin Donald is the latest talented teenager to emerge almost fully-formed from the north-west. She’s had a busy 2016 with various live shows and a strong debut EP, but it’s the first track from the 17 year old’s forthcoming EP for Fictive Kin in early 2017 which shows a talent on the rise. “Fake Ur Death” matches Donald’s poignant voice with some strong melodies and a neat guitarline to produce a minor key thriller.

Van Panther

Kieran Ralph was turning out electronic sounds as MESC, but Van Panther marks a change of sound and style for the Limerick-based producer and singer-songwriter. There’s a rake of tracks on Ralph’s Soundcloud page, with the emphasis now on more lo-fi alt and indie pushes and scratchings. The likes of “Ballad of Alteration” and “Crooked Teeth Make Great Bottle Openers” come with some interesting ideas within to merit the attention-grabbing titles.