of Montreal – Innocence Reaches

August 16th, 2016 by

Nineteen years ago, of Montreal released their debut album Cheery Peel, an endearing collection of lo-fi produced compositions comprised of an acoustic guitar, drums and Kevin Barnes’ unfettered vocals to introduce the ideals and personality of the band. The songs from this album are romantic and playful, ‘When You’re Loved Like You Are’ and ‘Tim […]

Massive Attack, No Monster Club, Green Day & More

August 14th, 2016 by

I used to pride myself on my extreme lack of culinary skills. A lot of people find their thrills whilst cooking, for some it is relaxing and to others it is a way to get friends and family together and converse over a roast dinner. I was far away on the other end of the […]

Hot Cops – Dumbbo

August 11th, 2016 by

At the start of the summer, when the weather was getting better and a unanimous mood of revelry seized the streets we saw Belfast based trio extraordinaire, Hot Cops, play in Dublin’s Bello Bar. Unequivocally, the standout moment from that performance was the debut of ‘Dumbbo’, a story of an elephant and an exploration into […]

Charles Bradley, Warpaint, Broncho & more

August 7th, 2016 by

There is a thread on Reddit called, Apocalympics2016, and it is updated with incredulous incidents to happen as a result of, and during the Rio Olympics. Some of the baffling occurrences shared so far include; “USA basketball players accidentally visit brothel – thought it was a spa.” “French gymnast breaks leg in three places when […]

Kanye West, Beach House, John Grant & more

July 31st, 2016 by

We’ve come to the thirteenth instalment of State’s Videos of the Week, oh me oh my! Thirteen, a number many regard as being so unlucky that superstition overrides reason. I’m an exceptionally naïve person in the face of rudimentary occurrences. If someone tells me that Steve Perry is their Godfather I will, without hesitation, believe […]

BadBadNotGood – IV

July 27th, 2016 by

Herbie Hancock expressed that, “Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.” Taking certain elements and sounds from the past to lend an ambiguous timelessness to the present is not an easy task, especially in these hyper-critical times where authenticity is marred as a feigned […]

Schoolboy Q, Bon Iver, and more

July 24th, 2016 by

It was a week where everyone morphed into The Merrymen as we all felt Hot Hot Hot in the Hot Hot Heat. You couldn’t help but feel lethargic and unproductive in the hotter than hell weather. It seems that this heat fatigue trickled into the world of music videography, with a notable lag in new […]

Schoolboy Q, Hilary Woods, The National & More

July 17th, 2016 by

I have a friend that regularly says, “Everyday is a school day.” Learning about various histories, cultures and steadily building an understanding of both the lineage and breadth of the many genres of music are amongst my favourite ways to pass time. What initially began as a nostalgic return to Grandmaster Flash’s ‘White Lines’, I […]

Courtney Barnett, Lisa Hannigan, The Julie Ruin & More

July 10th, 2016 by

This week I was devoured by something other than my dedicated search for new, interesting music videos. I got caught up in the thrill and the mystic that is competitive eating videos, all of which were soundtracked by hardcore skateboard rock. I watched Matt Stonie undertake the most outrageous food challenges – eating 12 pints […]

Bat For Lashes – The Bride

July 9th, 2016 by

Ten years ago, Natasha Khan released Fur and Gold, her debut record as Bat For Lashes. The lead single, ‘What’s A Girl To Do?’ surpassed everything that came out that year – let us not forget that was the year of ‘SexyBack.’ Digressions aside, that song is a harrowing admission and realisation of the decline of a relationship, […]

Aesop Rock, Blood Orange, Angel Olsen and more

July 3rd, 2016 by

This week, on a personal note, edged towards excess. There was a lot of food, painful bouts of laughter with friends and a lot of new music videos. Before I sat down to write this week’s column, I came home to a full house with my entire family invariably sitting around chatting, running up and […]

Aphex Twin, Deerhoof, Girl Band and more

June 26th, 2016 by

It was a week of elevating highs and desperate lows. A combat between collective intoxication of national pride with Ireland’s Italian triumph and Northern Ireland’s unfaltering success (and early dismissal) in their debut at Euros 2016, #COYBIG. This elation is juxtaposed with the sobering separatism demonstrated in the murder of MP, Jo Cox. A week […]

Will Butler – Friday Night (Live Album)

June 23rd, 2016 by

Live albums are a strange and wonderful concept. You can experience the charisma and musicality of a band playing in a continuos flow with a natural freedom to experiment and expand upon the compositions that had been consciously constructed in the studio. I have been to gigs where I’ll be overcome with a sudden wave […]

RHCP, Danny Brown, Calvin Harris and more

June 19th, 2016 by

Taylor Swift allegedly ended her Instagram-perfect relationship with Calvin Harris over the phone. The timing of their demise neatly coincides with the release of his latest collaboration with Rihanna, ‘This Is What You Came For.’ Taylor has swiftly (ahem) moved on with Tom Hiddleston, aka Hollywood Hank Williams, and her nonchalant parading and kissing the […]