Looking back on the Irish year in music just passed, we must not forget this single from Dublin songsmith Cian Godfrey aka Somebody’s Child.
The bandcamp blurb states:
“Starting his musical journey at age 5 in Paris, Cian took to playing the piano in the family apartment. Upon moving back to Ireland, Cian gained an interest in songwriting, enabling him to tell his own stories. These narratives often reflect upon difficult mental health experiences, as well as the endearing happenings of a youngster growing up in Dublin.”
The video is directed by Sam Follover and edited by Robert Bass.
Contrarian Corkonian Cathal Coughlan teams up with ace producer Jackknife Lee on this third single from their forthcoming album A hAon.
The blurb states:
“In contrast with the first two releases, “Falun Gong Dancer” has a very stark arrangement, featuring a cyclical, meditative melody over dissolving piano chords and synth pulses, heard in episodic passages which take the listener on a tour of the world – from London, to the US-Mexico border, to the cities of Australasia – in the company of a hapless narrator.
“Occasional interludes of electronic harmony hint at either a tentative intimacy, or at an isolation which is final and absolute – it remains ambiguous.”
The visuals by film-maker Matt Mahurin are quite startling.
And in the end the love you give is equal to the love you get.
Brian Mooney‘s life-affirming 12 for 21 project – in which the Dubliner released a song a month on bandcamp – reached a fitting climax on Christmas Eve with this ode to open-hearted altruism.
“I recorded this with Mark Dennehy some years ago in Stoneybatter. It was late..you can hear that on the track. I wanted accordion and Mark said he knew just the guy. A few phone calls later and I’m told that Maddog is on his way up from Co.Clare and will be with us before 2am. 4.30 am in comes Maddog.
“Some stories of how he slept in bushes and hitched his way to Dublin with his accordion.
Mark goes to the toilet and I see from the control room that Maddog has got his accordion tangled up in his piercings and chains… he’s stuck like a spider in a web. It took the three of us another 30 mins to untangle him from his chains.
“A lovely memory of one of the best sessions I ever did.
“Maddog of course was magic …
“Proceeds from bandcamp willl go to trailblaise, providing bikes to kids at Direct Provision centres (the national shame of our generation ).”
The 12th and final song, that is, in Louth songsmith Paul Callan’s monthly release project.
A perfect way to close, the atmospheric See The World is straight from the heart.
“How quickly the year turns around. It is now December and this will be my twelfth single release this year. See The World is just a reminder to lift your head and look around. Everything you need is right under your nose! A simple song with a simple message for any time of the year.
“This year I have written, recorded, produced and released twelve songs. All these songs will be compiled and released, with some other unheard material, early in the new year.
All of my music can be found wherever you listen to music.”
“It’s a concept EP with a storyline throughought about a working man who has a bad day, snaps, takes revenge on the landlord, and then faces the consequences. It’s supposed to be a light-hearted project, like a faux-socialist parable for cynical times.
“The tagline is ‘A day in the life of a man who had nothing. And lost it.'”