- 19 Nov 21
Listen to some of our favourite Irish tracks of the week below.
The X Collective, 'Ascension'
Having established themselves as one of the most exciting new forces in Irish music, The X Collective announced their debut album this week – and offered a taste of what to expect with a brand new single, 'Ascension'. The track features three of the Collective's powerhouse vocalists Jess Kav, Senita and Toshín. It was produced by Liam Geddes, and written and recorded over two days at The X Collective’s songwriting camp earlier this year.
Just Mustard, 'I Am You'
Ahead of the release of their highly anticipated new album – out in 2022 – Just Mustard offered a first taste of the new project with 'I Am You'. The single was produced by the band, mixed by David Wrench (FKA Twigs, Frank Ocean, The XX, Caribou), and recorded at Attica Studios in Donegal, Ireland during lockdown. This week, Just Mustard also announced that they'll be supporting Fontaines D.C. in 2022 – as well as playing their own upcoming tour of Ireland and Europe.
Coinciding with the release of their brand new EP, Part 3, DYVR has shared the powerful new electro-pop single 'Pantheon'.
“This song is an affirmation that the queer community is no longer willing to exist on the fringes of society – it’s our time now to build a pantheon of positive queer representation," DYVR says of the track. "We have always been here, we will always be here, and we will no longer be asked to hide ourselves from the world!”
Celaviedmai, 'UPSET', feat. Alan McKee
Our current cover star Celaviedmai is back with a new single, 'UPSET' – the second release from her debut EP, which is set to arrive in Spring 2022. On the new track, the Galway rapper explores the impact of not feeling loved in a relationship, while simultaneously providing a seriously catchy hook. 'UPSET' features Alan McKee – an up-and-coming Dublin artist and producer who Celaviedmai and Nealo worked with for their lauded track 'Questions' last year.
Tara Nome Doyle, 'Snail I'
Ahead of the release of her highly anticipated second album, Værmin, Norwegian-Irish singer-songwriter Tara Nome Doyle has shared a new single, 'Snail I' – her first release on BMG's Modern Recordings imprint, who will release her new music worldwide.
Shelley Bukspan, 'Bind You By Love'
Named after the New York borough she was born in, Shelley Bukspan releases her debut album, The Bronx Age, today. The lauded artist – who's also Head of Vocals at BIMM Dublin – teamed up with co-producers Stephen O'Brien and Ray Boyle to record the 9-track project, which includes deeply personal songs, like 'Bind You By Love', written over a 15-year period. Catch her live at The Grand Social, Dublin on December 6.
The Waterboys, ‘The Liar’
Ahead of the release of their brand new album, All Souls Hill, on April 22, 2022, The Waterboys have shared the first track, 'The Liar' – which takes aim at Trump, as well as the abuse of power.
“'The Liar' is a comment on recent and still-current events, and both the song and video speak for themselves.” says frontman Mike Scott.
Jack Hughes, 'Wasn't Built That Way'
Following the success of his previous single 'Crossed The Line', Jack Hughes returns with 'Wasn't Built That Way'. Originally written in January 2019, after the melody came into his head while on the train. Months later, he brought the song to life inside the studio.
Brian Barron, ‘Junkie Boy’
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Brian Barron explores the world of addiction on his new single, 'Junkie Boy'. The single showcases the Irish singer-songwriter's knack for storytelling through his music – and is dedicated "to those who have themselves on the losing side" of addiction, while also highlighting how the term 'junkie' can be used to dehumanise addicts.
Silverbacks, 'Rolodex City'
Choice Music Prize-nominated band Silverbacks shared 'Rolodex City' earlier this week – the third track upcoming album Archive Material, out January 21. Following the success of Fad last year, the new album is gearing up to be one of the highly anticipated albums of 2022, with the new single offering a promising taste of what to expect...
Following the release of their Monochrome Blue EP in September, modernlove. are wasting no time. The indie-rock outfit are back with the anthemic new single 'Us', released through Akira Records. The single finds them expanding their musical horizons as their explore a bold new sound.
"'Us' is actually the first tune we ever wrote together," the band reveal. "It's such a raw song in every sense of the word: the energy, the lyrics, the production. It's the blueprint for how we write music as a band..."
Étáin, 'As You Lay'
Indie-folk singer and songwriter Étáin shares her stunning second EP, In The Kitchen, today – featuring stand-out single 'As You Lay'. The project draws on her Irish traditional roots, as she creatively fits traditional instruments into her indie-folk sound.
"Though I didn’t write the songs on In the Kitchen with this in mind; looking at them now, they capture my search for belonging – for a home – in the people and places I encountered in my early twenties," she says of the EP.
Clare Sands and Liam Ó Maonlaí, ‘Teacht an Fhómhair’
Cork fiddler, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands is back with yet another groundbreaking collaborative track – teaming up with Hothouse Flowers' Liam Ó Maonlaí for 'Teacht an Fhómhair'. The pair created the work over 48 hours, "by simply pressing record and seeing where the musical expedition took them." 'Teacht an Fhómhair' is the final chapter of the four-part Tírdhreacha & Fuaimhdreacha project, which also featured collaborations with Susan O'Neill, Steve Cooney with Tommy Sands and Brídín.
Laura Duff, 'Easy'
Following a string of acclaimed tracks released earlier this year, Limerick’s Laura Duff returns with ‘Easy’ – the final single from her second EP, Heavy Summer. The alternative pop artist marked herself as a serious one-to-watch with the release of her debut EP, For Your Company, in 2019.
Having initially made his mark on the Irish scene as a member of Dublin four-piece Angular Hank, Diarmuid O'Connor continues to expand his artistry as passersby. Following the release of 'somewhere else' and 'franny' earlier this year, he's now shared his debut tape, ALWAYS, under the moniker. Featuring stand-out tracks like 'low', the project was recorded across various bedrooms between 2020 and 2021, exploring everything from slowcore to trap.