Robert Curgenven @ Cork Midsummer Festival

June 22nd, 2017 by

The Cork Midsummer Festival has been a staple of the city’s art scene for the past decade. Though primarily focused on theatre and literary events, the festival often throws up some musical surprises. This year the undoubted musical highlight of the festival looks to be the new piece by Australian sound artist and Cork resident […]

Talos – Wild Alee

May 2nd, 2017 by

Eoin French has been bouncing around the Irish music scene for a while now. After his first band Hush War Cry folded, he retreated before returning in late 2014 under the name Talos, buoyed by the support of the Feel Good Lost label. He continues his push for prominence with his thirteen track debut album […]

Spiral Stairs – Doris And The Daggers

April 16th, 2017 by

It’s been a long road for Spiral Stairs, aka Scott Kannberg, since the breakup of Pavement. His albums recorded under the name Preston School Of Industry were unfairly maligned and that group dissipated without a whimper. His first solo album under his own guise, The Real Feel was a limpid affair, with none of the […]

British Sea Power – Let The Dancers Inherit The Party

April 11th, 2017 by

If ever a career could be summed up as a case of diminishing returns then that dubious accolade would fall to British Sea Power. After their classic debut, the retroactively aptly titled The Decline Of…, the band’s output has mostly failed to match their ambition, resulting in a group whose live shows are still lauded […]

Austra – Future Politics

January 27th, 2017 by

Austra’s new album, Future Politics, is Katie Stelmanis’ third album under that name. This release marks a turn towards a sparser sound, with a more limited palette than her previous work. However, does this reliance on glacial synths and Stelmanis’ voice alone make for an interesting album? On first listen the album sounds fantastic, the […]

Run The Jewels – RTJ3

January 9th, 2017 by

Run The Jewels made a surprise return on Christmas Eve 2016 with RTJ3, the follow-up to 2015’s incendiary RTJ2. It’s the third album from two rap industry veterans El-P and Killer Mike who, after three decades in the game, now rank amongst the best duos in the history of the genre. Both have acknowledged their […]

Goat – Requiem

October 12th, 2016 by

Goat, the Swedish world music/krautrock collective, have returned with their third album ‘Requiem’. The band have, in the past, claimed to be heirs to a decades long tradition of music making in their hometown of Korpilombolo, influenced by vodou curses. Performing in masks and designating one person to speak for the group, Goat are veiled […]

Okkervil River – Away

September 29th, 2016 by

Away is Okkervil River’s eighth studio album and their first since 2013’s The Silver Gymnasium. It represents somewhat of a departure from previous efforts as frontman Will Sheff has recorded the album with an almost entirely new backing band, with contributions from Marissa Nadler amongst others. This lineup change has led to suggestions from long […]