- 03 Nov 23
Taylor Swift claims the top spot on this week's chart with 1989 (Taylor's Version), while ØXN debut at No.17 with CYRM.
"Broadly conceptual, Phantom tracks our hero, Jackie Dandelion, moving from Dublin to London, but intricately so," Will Russell wrote in his review of Phantom Of The Afters for Hot Press. "Think Arctic Monkeys’ The Car - layered, nuanced, sinuous and spectacular. Self-produced and released on his own label, Kojaque masterfully pores over every minute detail, from the arcane album sleeve - subverting the bigoted depictions of Irish caricatures in 19th and 20th century Punch Magazine cartoons - through to his self-directed music videos. He grasps every opportunity to impart his vision.
"And it’s a colossal one – tackling childhood trauma, depression, grief, love, immigrant identity, and ultimately acceptance of self," he continues.
The album, which follows 2021's Town's Dead, features collaborations with Wiki, Biig Piig, Gotts Street Park, Charlotte Dos Santos, and more.
"Tbh, the charts never really mattered to me, they don’t represent connection or passion or meaning," Kojaque wrote online earlier today, "but the support hasn’t gone unnoticed, it’s really rare, especially for independent art! God bless yis!"
Writing for Hot Press, Jackie Hayden described CYRM – released through Claddagh Records last week – as "an adventurous plunge down an experimental path that offers a fresh and exciting take on trad."
Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo continue to dominate the top of the Official Irish Albums Chart this week, with Swift's 1989 (Taylor's Version) debuting at No.1, and Rodrigo's Guts at No.2.
Taylor Swift also occupies three spots on the Official Irish Singles Chart's Top 10 this week, with 'Is It Over (Taylor's Version)' at No.2, 'Now That We Don't Talk (Taylor's Version)' at No.4, and 'Slut (Taylor's Version)' at No.6.