Car Park – Butterfly Explosion
Last week’s untimely news that Butterfly Explosion as we know it is no more, I’ve been giving them a fair oul’ bash on the iPod. Oh-so-unhurried in its build-up, Car Park remains my favourite track. If sugar had a sound, this would be it.
Phil Lynott – Jape
“Jape’s new album is a little slice of Heaven” said my friends and they were right. I picked the album up last week and it’s barely stopped. While I’m not so much an acoustic fan, I looove this little number about a the shadow of lunar eclipse like Philo’s sleepy eye looking over the rockers of Dublin. Beautiful homage to a true Dub legend.
Drone Rock – SuperExtraBonusParty
Yep, I’ve played the album to within an inch of its life and yet it shows no sign of losing appeal. While Propellor is my favourite tune, I love the tribal tones in this number building hypnotically before accelerating into signature SEBP mayhem. Should be a permanent fixture on any Irish DJ set.
Summer Broke My Spine – Waiting Room
This Dublin band parted ways a few months ago and released their debut album shortly afterwards. Graceful and tranquil, this haunting melody may well be first on my playlist when heading home from a weekend of wading through Oxegen mud: it’s perfect for staring into inky night with a happy head and heavy heart.
Lost Now – Dry County
Who doesn’t love Dry County? Though a while since its release, I still find my clicking button drawn to these songs and Lost Now is one flawless slice of Irish electronica that never fails to raise spirit and smiles on my account. Cheeeeck their “last ever”* gig at Whelans this Thursday.
Are We Winners – New Amusement
One of my favourite bands at the moment, New Amusement released this beauty of a song on their ambitious mini-album Any Port in a Storm. With underlying Eighties romance and the twangy sound of new indie, it puts me in a great mood.
Seven – We Are Knives
“beeepbeeepbeeep”…make way for the cement truck, folks! Driven by Belfast trio WAK, Ireland’s rock foundations are ready to be laid by the latest musical-masons to emerge from the North. Seven features on their searing six-track debut and I’ve been in raptures. While my heart belongs to ASIWYFA, I might just cheat and kiss these songs to death.
* So they say. Despite this Drop-D article hinting at a new album, rumour is rife that DC are up to something. I think a cigar factory in the Honduras or perhaps the new in-house singing barmen at the Bernard Shaw…sure, why not?!
In keeping with the MeMe, I hereby tag seven Irish bands: