Category : Music Reviews

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Beoga – Carousel

Not quite an album, but more than an EP, Carousel marks Beoga’s first release since 2016’s Before We Change Our Mind. Although Beoga have been touring and recording for what seems like ages, they picked up a lot of new…

July 7, 2020

Joel Harkin

Joel Harkin – Never Happy

It’s impossible to speak about Joel Harkin without mentioning how he’s become a central figure in the Belfast music scene. Prior to the lockdown he was featured on BBC Radio 1, nominated for a Northern Ireland Music Prize, hit multiple…

July 1, 2020

Simon Herron

Simon Herron – The Remnants Of A Thought

In the artist’s debut release ‘Remnants of a Thought’, Derry born Simon Herron, who found viral success with 2013 singles ‘All You Know’ and ‘A September Song’, develops his signature brand of deeply personal and melancholic alt-folk. The long-awaited project…

June 17, 2020

Baleful Creed

Baleful Creed – The Lowdown

Baleful Creed play a brand of southern metal reminscient of Down without the Anselmo scream served with a touch of early Soundgarden and a heaped pinch of Iron Maiden. To an outsider, you might be surprised to learn that they…

May 25, 2020

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False Friends – A Great Day For The Parish

The opening bars of ‘God on a Hill’, first track from False Friend’s EP ‘A Great Day for the Parish’, let rip, delivering an infectious blend of indie, synthesizer, pop filled guitar tunes and that, all in, is a perfect…

May 7, 2020

The Skallions

The Skallions – Skallion Battalion

Stuck in the house with no end in sight, spending days on endless work video conferences and e-mails, losing track of which day it is. Welcome, my friends, to another week of Covid-19 lockdown. But, as they say, every cloud…

May 5, 2020

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Junk Drawer – Ready For The House

Opening slowly with a drawn out droll, ‘What I’ve Learned/ What I’m Learning’, makes it clear that Junk Drawer are setting up an unsettling, menacing ride – with the first guitar churn sounding eerily similar to that weird noise that…

May 4, 2020

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Malojian – Humm

Commeth the hour, commeth the man. What a time for a new Malojian album to drop. Long in the gestation, sudden in the release, Stephen Scullion has been working on this little gem since 2019’s tour with Grandaddy’s Jason Lyttle….

April 28, 2020

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St. Alban – St. Alban

Folk music is, and has always been, about collaboration. Whether it’s one artist building off the artists who have made an impression before them, or the unique shared stages at folk festivals around the world. That’s probably why St. Alban’s…

April 26, 2020

Moira Calling - Arborist

Arborist – A Northern View

We live in a unique part of the world. Our views about what it means to live in Northern Ireland today are diverse and conflicted and torn. Arguably more so than ever post-Brexit. But still we love it, and know…

April 8, 2020

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The Darkling Air – Ancestor

The Darkling Air is the happy result of the coming together of two veterans to the Irish creative scene. Forming as an independent duo in 2013, Michael Keeney and Rachel McCarthy previously worked together on the production side of albums…

March 19, 2020

Brand New Friend – A Cure For Living

Castlerock five-piece Brand New Friend’s new EP, ‘A Cure For Living’, is a burst of sunshine-pop melodies and lovesick lyrics. Across seven short and sweet tracks, we ride a musical wave, from speedy guitar riffs and crashing cymbals, to dreamy…

March 12, 2020

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SX-70 – Empty Vessels

Belfast based Indie outfit SX-70, who impressed in reaching the final stages of the Chordblossom Kickstart band competition, released their latest EP ‘Empty Vessels’ early in 2020. It draws on their own musical influences with a lingering mix of swirling,…

March 10, 2020

Matt McGinn - Atlantic Sessions 2019 - Photo by Jonah Gardner

Matt McGinn – Lessons Of War

It was in the Black Box in April 2018 that Matt McGinn debuted some of the music and ideas that would eventually become Lessons of War, alongside a “making of” documentary directed by local film maker Colm Laverty. Full of…

March 8, 2020

Happy Out – Is, Was, Wasn’t

Much has been made of this post-rock trio from Letterkenny. A popular spawning point for some of Irelands most underrated underground acts (see Sheerbuzz), the latest act to ride the wave anti-establishment post-genrefication is Happy Out. With a cult following spurred…

February 23, 2020