Tag Archives: Nick Kelly

My Sweet Beloved – Infernal Fires

Smokin’.

There’s a palpable sense of foreboding about this new single from gothic rock four-piece My Sweet Beloved.

Ex-Skindive singer Danielle Harrison Byrne (top right) provides suitably atmospheric vocals to match guitarist (top right) Derek Byrne’s heavy chords.

Danielle also directed the video.

Look out for their self-titled debut album.

Nick says: Hell’s bells.

My Sweet Beloved

Bobbi Arlo – Breathe

And relax.

With her new single ‘Signs‘ just released, we thought we’d rewind to Bobbi Arlo’s last single ‘Breathe’ whose video (expertly edited by Kelly Evans) was made during the first lockdown in Spring “as a means of taking people’s minds off all things anxiety driven”.

Nick says: Go Arlo!

Bobbi Arlo

Bullet Girl – Concrete Bed

Noise punk’s not dead.

It’s alive and kicking thanks to Dublin desperados Bullet Girl who up the ante with their new single.

Guitarist Dylan Keenan directed the memorable video:

“My main vision while directing was to create a hypnotic, almost disorientating, experience to match the ferocious nature of the track. We shot the black and white sequences with (singer) Aaron in some of the most dilapidated areas of Dublin.

“He is purposely brought in and out of focus as I wanted him to almost blend into his surroundings. The song is about Dublin City, and so our aim as a band was to feature it as a character of its own in the video.”

Nick says: Bullet the grey sky.

Bullet Girl

Thom Southern – Shivers

Power pop, anyone?

Influenced by My Bloody Valentine and Beck, Belfast’s Thom Southern (top) recalls the heyday of 1990s indie rock with his debut single.

Thom says:

“Shivers is the concept of love feeling like a drug, a sensation of being outside one’s own body, floating and observing oneself from a different perspective. I wanted to embody this meaning within a dense sounding track, to mainly focus on one swollen guitar sound which never stops throughout and accompany that with repetitive beatnotic drums.”

Nick says: Southern comfort.

Thom Southern

God Knows featuring Hazey Haze – Mup I Said

Hazey shade of autumn.

Limerick rapper God Knows returns with another single from his Who’s Asking? EP Vol. 2 with special guest Hazey Haze in tow.

God Knows says:

“Mup I Said (“come up, I said”) is a call to action. It’s an observation of how things change as time moves forward. Some of the people that I started this journey with have settled down and discovered new dreams, some have deferred them, some like myself and my peers are still on job. Mup means ‘it’s not over til it’s over’. Don’t give up on yourself. Come up.”

Nick says: Straight outta Limerick.

God Knows

Steo Wall – My People

“Your rich history is written on every stone in every town.”

Dublin troubadour Steo Wall pays tribute to the travelling folk musicians who came before him through the generations.

It’s a powerful song that wears its heart on its sleeve and is enhanced by the priceless archive footage in the video, directed by Alex Gill.

Nick says: Build that Wall.

Steo Wall

Pete Kavanagh – To Hold The Red Rose

In bloom.

Kildare songwriter Pete Kavanagh channels personal grief on his new album Join Up The Dots.

The single To Hold The Red Rose has a rootsy feel and is accompanied by a graceful video of MN Dance Company which is edited by Pete’s wife Pamela.

Nick says: Heavy petal.

Pete Kavanagh

Lilla Vargen – Love You Twice

Breaking up is hard to do.

But there’s always Lilla Vargen (top) to make things better. The Ballymena [County Antrim] songstress delivers a haunting meditation on lost love that will stop you in its tracks.

The song has already garnered over 3 million streams online.

Nick says: LV forever.

Lilla Vargen

Leah Sohotra – Mountain Song

Something special this way comes.

Originally from Vermont but now based in Bantry, County Cork, Leah Sohotra (top) is a refreshing new face on the folk scene.

With echoes of old-time Appalachian sounds, the golden-voiced Leah is carrying on a noble tradition.

Her album Breaded Crickets is out now and the technical marvel that is the stop motion video is directed by Bianca Stone.

Nick says: Go tell it on the mountain.

Leah Sohotra

Ailbhe Reddy – Looking Happy

Are you Reddy to be heartbroken?

Dublin singer/songwriter Ailbhe Reddy (top) warns against looking up your ex online after the split in this cracking tune from her forthcoming album Personal History, due next month.

The video is directed by Ciaran O’Brien and Ailbhe.

Ailbhe says:

“The song is all about watching someone’s life from afar post-break-up. We should all know by now that what people present online is a shiny, happy version of events but sometimes it’s impossible to have that logic when you’re hurting.

“Most people have probably ended up scrolling through the online profile of an ex and feeling like their life is full of fun parties and holidays, because that’s all people show of their life online.”

Nick says: Break up, log off, move on.

Ailbhe Reddy