Orla Gartland –
The Dublin-born, London-based singer/songwriter is a YouTube sensation with over 210,000 subscribers to her channel and 1.7 million views of her video to last year’s single
I Go Crazy.
The 24-year-old makes a cameo appearance as the music teacher in her excellent new video from her recent EP Why Am I Like This?.
Guy Larsen, it’s both a touching ode to family life and a warning about the dangers of letting Yer Da near a camcorder.
You can catch Orla live at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens this Friday
supporting The Academic.
What are the chances she will headline herself there one day?
Nick replies: Inevitable.
The Elephant Room –
Juniper And Pine
If you’ve ever wanted to see a tutorial on beard-trimming spliced with footage from outer space and vintage film clips soundtracked by melodic 90s-style indie slacker rock then you need to see The Elephant Room’s current video (above).
The Dublin-based trio of Frank Shortle, Shane Martin and Ian Hand will appeal to fans of
Pavement and Grandaddy.
It’s time to shed that facial hair.
Nick says: A Shortle back and sides, please.
The Elephant Room
Emma Langford –
There’s a brilliant moment in
Shane Serrano‘s video (above) for Emma’s first single from her forthcoming second album when it switches, like Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight In Paris‘, from the present day to another bygone era.
It’s a kind of magic, just like the Limerick singer’s velvety voice which gives this breezy jazz-pop ditty that Friday feeling.
Nick says: Aloha goodbye.
Mick Flannery –
Come Find Me
The new single from the prolific Cork singer/songwriter is a punchy dance remix by
ESCQ (Eric Straube and Chris Qualls) of a song from Mick’s recent self-titled album.
The video swoops through modern cities and ancient forests but Mick’s gritty voice is still the star of the show.
You can catch him live at Limerick Dolan’s Warehouse on July 19.
Nick says: An offer I can’t refuse.
Conor O’Brien and the gang return with a mellow ode to the lazy, hazy days of summer. With any luck this should be a crossover radio hit.
The groovy animated video was directed by Joseph May and Patricio Bauza.
Villagers play Dublin Iveagh Gardens on Friday; Galway Arts Festival, July 18; and Cork Cyprus Avenue, July 19.
Nick says: Let’s hear it for the beach boy!
Artwork by Niall McCormack.
The debut single by Wexford-born musician Gavin MacDermott (top) is a melodic blast of introspective electro pop with a mandolin solo proudly peeking out from beneath the beats.
The video by Conor Donoghue was shot in Dublin’s St Anne’s Park (Gavin’s granny used to live around the corner).
“I was inspired by the onset of adulthood.”
Nick says: It’s a walk in the park.
Goodtime John –
Goodtime John aka John Cowhie has been beavering away doing his own thing for many years and it’s good to see he can still hold his own.
Taken from his new mini album
Beauty & Chaos, Don’t Exist is a breezy stroll through a Laurel Canyon of the mind and the video is set in a veritable octopus’ garden. Lobsters ahoy!
Nick says: Good times.
Where We Go
If you’re looking for that peaceful easy feeling of lazy midsummer then the second single from Dundalk singer/songwriter Finnian is a good place to start.
Recalling the chilled 70s vibes of
Bread, Where We Go is from his forthcoming album Under The Influence.
The video is a nicely shot freewheeling evocation of the promise of romance.
Nick says: Sounds like summer
Montauk Hotel –
The new single from this charming Irish indie guitar quartet reflects on a time when the Don Drapers of this world ruled the roost.
The inspired use of retro TV ads shows just how much societal attitudes have changed in the intervening years.
Aoife, Shell, Karima and Claudia are on fine form here and the latter directed, produced and edited the promo.
Montauk Hotel v
Mad Men? My money’s on the women.
Nick says: No flipping.
Jimmy’s Cousin – A
stor & 8th
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. Happily, Jimmy’s Cousin – the alter ego of Ireland-born, American-based (since 1990) Ian Dodson – swings to beat the big band.
This is the second single from his jazz/pop debut album Waxwings and the video finds JC going for a walk across the rooftops of New York, New York.
A classy love letter to Manhattan with a suitably panoramic promo?
Nick says: Another Fairytale of New York.