Tag Archives: Nick Kelly

Video BlueWhat Have You Got

And relax.

Video Blue is the musical project of Jim O’Donoghue Martin (top) from Dundalk, County Louth, and based in Hackney, east London.

In Freddie Leyden’s video, Jim larks about in a dinosaur costume, holding balloons that read Breathe Easy.

It’s a spoken word piece that circles around themes of anxiety and self-care with a smart ambient electronica soundtrack.

Look out for the forthcoming album Night Painting.

Nick says: Blue is the warmest colour.

Video Blue

State LightsLet You Go

Size matters.

That’s why this big emotional synth-rock anthem works so well. It reaches for the sky.

Singer Shobsy (second left) gives it socks and is ably assisted by, from left: Joe Regan (guitar), Paul Ridgeway (drums) and Noel Perry (bass).

The song is released as a double ‘A’-side alongside their cover of The Blue Nile’s Tinseltown In The Rain (great choice, lads).

The video by Paul Barnes was shot partly on Sandymount Strand, Dublin 4.

The band, who met at the BIMM music college, play the Button Factory, Dublin, on April 25.

Nick says: State of the art.

State Lights

Ryan McMullanRuthless Cupid

Cometh the arrow, cometh the man.

Ryan McMullan (top) quivers at the mythological matchmaker on the title track of his new EP.

The singer from Portaferry, County Down, says:

“These songs reflect a handful of times where it felt like Cupid has been toying with me. Amusing himself by throwing me into situations where I’m either out of my depth, hoping for reconciliation, or unable to escape the truth that even at the end, I’m still holding on to even the worst of my attempts at love.”

You can catch Ryan live on his Irish tour in May.

Nick says
: A fine romance.

Ryan McMullan

Free tomorrow?

Dublin indie guitar supremos The Dinah Brand (Top) play a free gig in the newly sprung Bloody Marys bar on South William Street in the capital on Saturday night.

Support comes from Oh Boland and Johnson.

Formed from former members of Pet Lamb, Jackbeast and Legion Of Two, The Dinah Brand’s 2019 album Thank You Driver was a hit with the critics.

Their most recent video (above) was directed by Brendan Talbot.

Nick says: I’m with the Brand.

Dinah Brand

Ultan ConlonSparks Of The Divine

Do you wanna dance?

Then here’s some moves to practise in the video for Ultan Conlon‘s new single as Julia and Varun get jiggy with it.

It’s the first taster from his forthcoming fourth album There’s A Waltz which was recorded in Los Angeles with top session players.

Catch Ultan live on Sunday at the Black Gate Cultural Centre in Galway.

Nick says: A holy show.

Ultan Conlon

Deadly Buzz AldrinStories

The chamomile Kraftwerk?

Mellow electronica rules the day on this second video from last year’s Your Move, Space Cadet EP, released on the Soft Landings label.

The video was created by Aniz Duran. A second EP is due in late April.

Nick says: To the Sea of Tranquillity and beyond

Deadly Buzz Aldrin



Isaac Jones
Not To Be Demanding

Fancy a living room workout?

Then check out the new video by Dublin soul-jazz boffin Isaac Jones (top centre).

Produced and directed by Conor Ryan, it’s a whimsical tale that complements the song’s smooth groove.

Joining Isaac on this track are Morgan Beausang (drums), Diarmuid O’Connor (lead guitar) and Henry Earnest (bass).

Nick says
: Keeping up with Mr Jones.

Isaac Jones

Moon Looks On Friends Keep Dropping

Dublin city at night.

The new video by Moon Looks On – Sligo’s Stephen Gormley (top) and friends – captures the capital in all its nocturnal splendour.

Stephen is a graduate of the BIMM music school and has joined forces with fellow musicians Aisling Bridgeman, Jack Hussey, Jack Bird, Laura Ryder and Matilda O’Mahony for this project.

Having played at last year’s Glastonbury Festival, Moon Looks On release their debut album later this year.

Nick says: Making (lunar) waves.

Moon Looks On

Emmet Scanlon & What The Good ThoughtSuperstore Flowers

If you like the soundtracks to spaghetti westerns you’ll be curious to hear the new single from County Limerick-born Emmet Scanlon (top) and his compadres.

Superstore Flowers has got a twang thing going on. It’s a taster for their forthcoming album Hands.

The video was shot by Liam Delahunty in London’s Dream Machine Music Lab.

Nick says: Say it with flowers.

Emmet Scanlon

Sinead O’Riordan – Flavoured Lights

We’re going to Vegas, baby!

The sense of excitement at heading off to enjoy all the fun of the fair in Sin City is palpable in newcomer Sinead’s delicious pop souffle.

Special mention to the excellent videography by Susi Piasek which will make you want to set the controls for the beating heart of the Nevada desert.

Flavoured Lights can be found on Sinead’s imminent debut 5-song EP Forbidden You.

Nick says: Heaven or Las Vegas.

Sinead O’Riordan