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Made In Ireland

  • 05.02.13
    New Irish Sounds: Peter Delaney Made In Ireland | Comments Off
    The name: Peter Delaney. The deal: Limerick-born songwriter, photographer and filmmaker Peter Delaney has been releasing music since 2007, when a ukulele-fuelled seven-tracker called Duck Egg Blue earned him support slots with Fionn Regan and The Swell Season. 2013 brings something new, a ten-track home-recorded LP called Witch Bottle, along with an Irish mini-tour and an appearance at this weekend's Camden Crawl Dublin. The sound: sweet, rustic and gorgeously unfussy. Although first and foremost a fan of folk and traditional music, this creaky-voiced crooner could really slink into any genre, so emotive is his delivery and so uncomplicated his technique. The first taster of Witch Bottle comes in the ...
  • 04.15.13
    Record Store Day: The Best of Irish Made In Ireland | Comments Off
    So, here's the thing. In trying to answer some questions about the modern music-buying community (are most of them online? how much do they spend? how can we get them to breed? etc. ), we've all been able to poke holes in the Record Store Day format. We've all seen the proof that one big, fat day of booming sales isn't enough to save the countless great record shops in Ireland and abroad from being forced out of existence. There's also been lots of talk about major label bogeymen and Ebay pre-sales over the last 12 months, giving RSD a ...
  • 04.04.13
    Behind The Gig: Rams’ Pocket Radio Made In Ireland | Comments Off
    "Part of me thinks that music should be like that all the time..." - Peter McCauley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ank3ukfc60 Fresh from touring with pop rock colossus Snow Patrol, Lisburn multi-instrumentalist Rams' Pocket Radio, AKA Peter McCauley, is juuuuust about ready to put the finishing touches on his debut album, which comes to us after two years of epic, orchestral pop ditties in the form of three EPs and a handful of singles. But first, some gigs... and no ordinary gigs, neither. Bushmills Irish Whiskey, whose partnerships with Bon Iver, Best Coast and, my personal favourite Chromeo, officially made them the Irish distillery with the finest taste in ...
  • 03.23.13
    New Irish Sounds: Rob Kelly Made In Ireland, New Irish Music | Comments Off
    The name: Rob Kelly. The deal: Wexford's long-standing rap innovator with friends in very high places, Rob Kelly is already a decade into his career, but, after threatening to break into the mainstream a dozen or so times, the razor-sharp rapper is finally getting the attention he deserves, and it's all down to a deliciously threatening number called 'Jack The Ripper'. The rumour mill hints that he's already signed to a record label in the States but, for now, at least, he's keeping details of the follow-up to 2006's Bragging Rights under his hat. The sound: frankly, a little bit scary, if you've ...
  • 03.10.13
    New Irish Sounds: Kevin Murphy Made In Ireland, New Irish Music | Comments Off
    The name: Kevin Murphy (not to be confused with hundreds of other people called Kevin Murphy). The deal: A singer-songwriter from Cork with Jeff Buckley-sized lungs, a knack for writing heavy-hearted songs and something of a potty mouth, Kevin Murphy is not hugely well known, except on Soundcloud, where his tracks have racked up listens in excess of 10,000. He's just released his debut album LoveHate (not to be confused with the RTÉ crime drama of the sort-of same name), a seven-song LP recorded in the UK with Belgian producer KONOBA, featuring the occasional cameo from Brighton singer Ellie Ford. The sound: I have little to ...
  • 02.24.13
    Seven Days, Seven Sounds Made In Ireland, New Irish Music | Comments Off
    A week is a long time in Irish music. The past seven days have brought film premieres (this), album announcements (this), festival updates (this), and the sad news that the future of one of Dublin's most creative venues is in jeopardy (this). They also brought us lots of wonderful new things to watch and hear, some of which I've decided to rave about in chronological order below. Here you'll find seven handsome, innovative pieces of music that sound nothing alike. Proof that, in the words of the great Louis C.K., "'I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say." SUNDAY, February 17 http://vimeo.com/59484822 Solar Bears Supermigration ...
  • 02.01.13
    New Irish Sounds: Faces Made In Ireland | Comments Off
    The name: Faces. The deal: a producer, hip hop lover and damn fine salesman (more on that later), 17-year-old beatmaker Faces operates as deep down as the Irish underground goes. There's no Soundcloud page, no hype-generating Facebook profile, no Twitter account to speak of, and he doesn't give his real name. For now, you can only find him at this nifty Bandcamp page, which promises a new EP every month in 2013. January's Name Your Price release Mountains was one of my most-played musical things of the month, a powerful relaxant, bearing five dreamy, groove-led instrumentals. After this, what we know about Faces boils down to ...
  • 01.20.13
    New Irish Sounds: mynameisjOhn Made In Ireland | Comments Off
    The name: mynameisjOhn, and don't forget that capital O. The deal: A man from Clare who knows his way around a Kaoss pad. A DJ and beatmaker extraordinaire, the genre-fusing producer behind mynameisjOhn (real name John Lillis) has given us some seriously thought-provoking electronica over the past two years. Citing such musical paragons as Sir Isaac Newton, Martin Luther King, and Carl Sagan as influences, Lillis has churned out three terrific EPs to date, all built with a "grá for a dollop of hiphop, electronica, psych rock and straight-up paranoia." (I also enjoy his views on cheese, which are set free in this Flip It TV interview ...
  • 01.04.13
    50 Irish Things I Liked In 2012 Made In Ireland | Comments Off
    You've probably had enough of End Of Year lists by now, so I'll spare you the ranking and measuring and categorising and commentating that usually comes with any form of musical reportage published at the end of a year. Instead, you'll find a simple collection of EPs, tracks, music videos, performances and remixes made partially, or completely by Irish hands that I doted on during 2012. My initial brainstorm yielded about 90 things, but after telling myself how ridiculous that list would be, I whittled it down to 50 based on how much I listened to said work over the past 12 months. ...
  • 12.17.12
    New Irish Sounds: HUNK! Made In Ireland | Comments Off
    The name: HUNK! The deal: An exciting product of the oft-overlooked girl-boy-girl formula, lo-fi trio HUNK! became my new favourite band the minute I heard their name, which reminded me of the greatest book ever published. But enough about Tom Selleck. With just a handful of gigs under their belt, Hunk! release their debut cassette single, or cassingle if you will, today and there's nary a single sleigh bell or a jovial ho ho ho! in earshot. Instead you'll find heavy duty guitar pop and a delectable peek at a band in the early stages of its evolution. The sound: gutsy, grungy and punk-infused. Roughed-up ...