Owensie – playing Limerick and West Cork next month
What you may need to know…
01. Michael Owens, aka Owensie, specialises in an alternative-leaning folk, informed by his previous life as part of various DIY bands, including Puget Sound, Terrordactyl, and Realistic Train.
02. First garnering adoring glances in 2011 with debut album Aliens, Owensie has slowly but surely built a quality body of solo work, expounded upon with 2012’s Citizens, and remix album I Saw the Flashing Lights.
03. Streaming above is the promo clip for the title track of third album Dramamine, available for streaming and download via Bandcamp and physically via Out on a Limb Records.
04. Next up for Owensie are appearances in Limerick and West Cork: Friday June 10th sees him play Limrock’s Stormy Teacup, and on Saturday June 11th, he plays Connolly’s of Leap as part of Southern Hospitality Board’s SuddenWestSummer one-dayer.
Verdict: Evocative without being schlocky, relaxed without calling for a halt to your grey matter. A welcome deviation from the standard singer-songwriter schtick.
Is there anyone in authority to call a halt to the insanity of the new city-wide 30km/h (19 mph) limit to be fully rolled out by 2018? It is hard to believe anyone who has ever driven a car thought this was a reasonable measure. Why not 10mph? Why not 5 mph? How about we all just walk? Or maybe just stay at home? Or maybe in bed?
01. Dublin beatmaker and video editor Alan Newman has been plugging away across numerous solo and collaborative ventures.
02. The Boss Level Series man just released Outside the Box, a new collaborative LP with Collie, following up similar efforts with Funzo and Raphtor. Available on iTunes now.
03. Streaming above is new instrumental Poised, released last week on Newman’s Soundcloud.
04. More collab efforts are planned throughout the year. Next month sees 7even Days’ Work released with KidAntics, August sees Friendly Fire out with Row-B and a returning Raphtor, while the autumn sees collabs with Siyo and Row-B.
Verdict: One of Ireland’s most productive beatsmiths at present, Newman is holding his own with an expanding range of collaborators.
Saint Sister – release Madrid video, touring throughout summer
What you may need to know…
01. Gemma Doherty and Morgan McIntyre are Saint Sister, and specialise in a brand of folk that takes in vocal harmonies, floaty synths, and electric harp.
02. Formed in November 2014, the duo have been quick to make their presence felt, releasing debut EP Madrid, touring with O Emperor and Wyvern Lingo, and appearing on Other Voices.
03. Streaming above is the video to the title track of their EP, Madrid. Directed and produced by Bob Gallagher, it’s a tense affair to say the least.
04. The full summer touring and festival grind is underway. May 27 sees them hit the Unitarian Church in Dublin, and appearances are scheduled for Vantastival, Body & Soul, Longitude, and more. Full listings here.
Verdict: Gorgeous music, that runs the gamut from folk to ambient, with plenty to savour for alternative and post-rock heads, too.
It is with alarm that I read Frank MacDonald’s article about the new definition of “low rise” for the purposes of the draft Dublin City Development Plan.
In any European context, and in particular in an Irish context, the idea that up to 28 metres (nine storeys) could be “low rise” is a serious abuse of language and can only be designed to confuse the average citizen.
The development plan has been called an environmental contract between the city and its citizens and there should be no room for confusion or misinterpretation.
The attempt to dissemble is made worse by the fact that this is not the first time that the description of allowable building heights has been fudged.
In the defunct policy document Maximising the City’s Potential, earlier efforts to increase building heights, without actually clearly defining what that would mean, were rejected.
The unique selling point of Dublin is its scale, with big skies and the sight of the mountains at the end of the road. We can increase density and “maximise” its potential without destroying that quality.
Let us not try to compare ourselves to London and New York but rather to cities of similar population and scale. Above all , let us not pretend that any building up to nine storeys high is “low rise”.