Nialler9's New Irish Music: Elm, Brian Deady, Webbs, Funzo X Alan Newman

The best new things in Irish music right now

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Emotive and intimate: Dublin four piece Elm. Photograph: Rah Petherbridge

 

SONGS OF THE WEEK

Elm - Amends
The Dublin quintet Elm's new song fits their “alternative baroque pop” tag with a spacious cello line and singer Dylan Walsh's cracked high-register giving way to a second half with orchestral guitar-lifted crescendo. Emotive and intimate.

Brian Deady – Clap Both My Hands
Six years on from the release of his last album, Cork singer Brian Deady's soul impact remains undiminished. With a new album Non-Fiction on the way, Clap Both My Hands heralds his return to upbeat pop and is the kind of song CeeLo Green would cover in a heartbeat. Clap clap.

I Have A Tribe – Medicine From Calgary
Patrick O’Laoghaire's craft continues to grow in stature. As does the arrangement on his new single, which twinkles with piano chords, drums, strings and backing vocals from Fight Like Apes' May Kay who has been playing with O’Laoghaire live recently. It's not clear what the song is about but, as the title suggests, it certainly has healing properties

Litehouse – Black Cat
They might not have left school yet but the Monaghan band Litehouse might well be thinking about a life separate from Leaving Cert results if they show the ability to knock out this kind of catchy indie pop brightness regularly. Do your homework first though lads.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Simon Fagan - Lost To The Deep
Brought to our attention by winning the Best International Music Video at the Cork Film Festival this week, Berlin director Eric Tiedt's lucid animated underwater clip for the Navan-born Berlin-based singer-songwriter's lilting folk track. A free download is available from simonfagan.net.

RELEASE OF THE WEEK

Funzo X Alan Newman - Artificial High
The Dublin vocalist Funzo has collaborated with producer Alan Newman on an impressive full-length release that eschews the any typical style in favour of a polychromatic mix of pop, hip-hop beats, soulful vocals, funk and R&B. There's an African pop thread in places melodically that gives this album a Graceland vibe. Artificial High it may be but it's a refreshing one. Highlights include the horn-featuring funky soul rhythm of Like A Beat, the psychedelic-pop of Lime Wedge and the acoustic pop beat of Dreamer Girl. The album is launched next Friday, November 27th, in Whelan's in Dublin.

NEW ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Webbs
Dreamy electronic pop is the hook for the Dublin duo Webbs who have spent three years cooking up their celestial sounds, as heard on their debut EP The Stolen Child. A chillwave-indebted take on synth-pop with haunting female vocals, check out the reverb-friendly five-track release on Bandcamp

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