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I Am the Cosmosnew single and launch gig this weekend

01. Ross Turner and Cian Murphy are Dublin electronic duo I Am the Cosmos.

02. 2013’s debut album Monochrome was an impressive statement of intent, and made off with Nialler9’s Album of the Year. They’ve kept appearances scarce since, but have signed a publishing deal with magnates Faber Music.

03. Streaming above is the band’s new single Letting It Go, released earlier this month via Happy Valley Records digitally and on 7″.

04. Launch show goes down tomorrow night at the Bello Bar in Dublin. Support from Padraig Moore and a DJ set from the good folk behind culture blog/collective This Greedy Pig. A tenner in, tickets available here.

Verdict: Minimal, yet spacey electronica with a stern-faced, almost post-punk sensibility.

I Am the Cosmos

Photo: Ruth Medjber

Heathersrelease new single Call Home

What you may need to know…

01. Twins Ellie and Louise MacNamara (by their powers combined) are alternative/folk duo Heathers.

02. A well-travelled and seasoned outfit, they’ve trod stages worldwide, from touring Ireland with math-rockers Adebisi Shank, to the festival grind, to performing at JJ Abrams’ pre-Oscars party after the latter and his daughter became fans.

03. Streaming above is the video for new single Call Home, directed by Crooked Gentlemen.

04. Also available for download from iTunes, and streaming on Spotify.

Verdict: An opening up of Heathers’ sound, taking the duo’s strong knack for harmonies in a more polished direction.


Pic: Ruth Medjber


Like Chandeliers debut single and gig this week

What you may need to know…

01. Shoegazing and atmospherics from members of Jogging, Waiting Room, Women’s Christmas and Cat Palace.

02. Beginning life as a home-studio collab project, the band has recently become a live trio, with gigs to follow.

03. Debut single Circle is streaming in the widget above, having premiered over at Nialler9.

04. Debuting at Castlepalooza this weekend.

Verdict: Hits the spot for fans of downbeat pop and reverby goings-on.

Like Chandeliers


The Irish Sun reports:

WOW air, Iceland’s low-cost airline, have announced fares from Dublin Airport to New York, via Reykjavik , Iceland, for as low as €129 one way.

The airline will begin flying to New York this winter beginning 25 November.

Flights will operate to New York, via Reykjavik Iceland, five days a week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Wow! Flights from Dublin to New York from €129 one way (Irish Sun)


Funeral SuitsNew single and upcoming Whelan’s gig

What you may need to know…

01. Dublin four-piece Funeral Suits offer up an artsy, electronica-inflected take on indie.

02. Making their home on Dublin indie label Model Citizen, the band have been plugging away for the past few years, gaining notice with 2012 full-length Lily of the Valley.

03. Streaming above is the video for new single The Way Back. Directed by James Fitzgerald, the clip was released last week, alongside the song’s official streams and downloads.

Verdict: One of the better-primed candidates for a bigger stage in Irish music, it certainly seems as though such ambitions are being carried in tunes the size of The Way Back.

Funeral Suits

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Hugh Byrne, from Dublin; Rob Argent, from England; and Vivienne Stuettgen, from Germany, are PhD students in science areas in UCD.

Hugh writes:

We produced this video as part of a social entrepreneurship module that we all completed as part of our PhD programmes in the innovation academy in UCD. The module aims at identifying social problems and coming up with novel solutions to challenge them.

We’re trying to raise awareness about homelessness in Dublin and Ireland and the possible uses of derelict buildings in the city.

Previously: Turned Away

Thanks Hugh


Girl Bandnew single ahead of Pitchfork Fest appearance

What you may need to know…

01. Taut, noisy and perpetually bothered, Dublin four-piece Girl Band have ascended quickly from the ranks of the Irish DIY scene and onto the world stage of independent music.

02. Debut full-length Holding Hands With Jamie came in last year on a wave of momentum generated by relentless touring, and a string of singles & EPs. It’s received massive critical acclaim, including the affections of The Guardian, among others.

03. Streaming above is the newly-released video for single In Plastic, directed by the band’s longtime visual collaborator Bob Gallagher. A tad more focused than the band’s trademark surrealism, it still manages to take potshots at Trump-era paranoia. In Plastic releases on limited 7″ July 8th via Rough Trade.

04. The single releases ahead of the band’s appearance at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival on the 16th of July. Stateside readers might take note that the band also appears with GREYS at Baby’s All RIght in Brooklyn, New York on the 14th.

Verdict: You can love them or hate them, and they do tend to divide opinion almost effortlessly, there’s nothing quite like them. Absolutely white-hot live, also.

Girl Band