We also have the country to thank for My Bloody Valentine and their magnum opus Loveless , which utterly defined the shoegaze genre. Despite long being associated with trad traditional and various rock genres, every corner of the island is exploding with musicians who dabble in hip-hop, experimental music, techno and aural art that shirks hard-and-fast definitions. Here are a few of the artists from the Emerald Isle that is, both the Republic of and Northern Ireland who are creating compelling music in The alternating solemnity and ecstasy of her performances makes McCann a musical priestess of sorts.
She possesses the kind of voice that could tunnel through bedrock and break down walls. Thankfully, a debut album is on its way, as Bitch Falcon spent the end of April and early May holed up in a studio in County Wicklow to craft their first LP.
The Dublin post-punk outfit played a sold-out U. Frontman Grian Chatten wandered into their U. People who carry things with them. People carry stories just in the way they speak. Naomi Hamilton, better known by her stage name Jealous of the Birds, began writing music while pursuing English and Creative Writing in college. You get the sense that Hamilton is careful in everything she does, exemplified by her thoughtful songwriting. Junior Brother, the stage name of Kerry native Ronan Kealy, is here to answer your prayers with his alternative Irish folk sound.
Ever since the days of My Bloody Valentine, shoegaze and noise-pop have long found a loving home in Ireland, and Dundalk rockers Just Mustard are keeping the tradition alive. Between wobbling furniture and the eerily calm elderly gentleman spinning in a chair, the surreal piece naturally invites David Lynch comparisons. Kevin Smith is no longer just the jersey-sporting director behind the Jay and Silent Bob franchise.
The name also belongs to the Irish rapper popularly known as Kojaque, who grew up in the north Dublin neighborhood of Cabra and last year released his impressive concept album and debut LP Deli Daydreams , following a week in the life of a deli worker before the annual Christmas party.
Despite being filled with jazzy, mellifluous backing tracks, the lyrics are anything but easy listening. Despite the recent repeal of the constitutional amendment banning abortion in Ireland, Kojaque crisply captures a snapshot of Ireland with his unmissable hip-hop.
The art-soul singer released her debut EP, This Heart , in MELTS are ready to do just what their band name promises to your heart and brain. Their experience is obvious in their sound, as MELTS riff comfortably together to build rich melodies, eschewing any gimmicks.
Each of their songs sounds like it could score a different drunken escapade, sowing seeds of danger underneath every line. What were you doing when you graduated from high school? Listening to PowPig sometimes sounds like being transported to a particularly memorable performance at the Bronze from Buffy? Enough said. Despite coming up through the London music scene, Powers and bandmates Niall Burns guitar and Andrew Flood drums all hail from Limerick, inviting plenty of well-deserved Cranberries comparisons.
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