Spellbound Circle excel on Escalation

Spellbound Circle is a direct, driven, prog-rock three-piece from Northern Italy. Or, as their Facebook bio describes them, “Two nice guys and a kind lady bashing strings and skins in the name of music.” I prefer my description… The band released their debut LP Escalation back in November and it’s been blowing my ears off for the last few days. What’s immediately evident is the … Continue reading Spellbound Circle excel on Escalation

RUNOFFBROKE: Wish You Knew

Rising Dublin rapper RUNOFFBROKE is back with his fifth single of the year – but it’s not what you’d expect. That’s because this time, RUNOFFBROKE is all loved up, kinda.  On, “Wish You Knew”, RUNOFFBROKE oozes confidence and delivers his usual effortless flow. This time however, he does so against a beat that combines influences of afrobeat, dancehall, and deephouse, while detailing “A toxic relationship … Continue reading RUNOFFBROKE: Wish You Knew

Casa Nueva: With You

Casa Nueva is an indie-pop project created in isolation by Adam Lundy (Bleakhaus) and Zach Mulcahy. Today, I’d like to tell you about their debut release “With You”. “With You” is a catchy indie number that feeds off a flowing synth melody but also delves into an emotive solo that communicates the feelings of the narrator. Influenced by the likes of The War on Drugs … Continue reading Casa Nueva: With You

Bleeding Heart Pigeons release enthralling new album, Stir

Today, May 22nd, is a day I’ve had marked in my mind for some time. It’s not just another Friday, the end of another workweek and the beginning of a chilled weekend. No, it’s new Bleeding Heart Pigeons album day, and it’s a great Friday to be alive. The guys have been busy. They’ve hidden out in their converted studio in Limerick for the past … Continue reading Bleeding Heart Pigeons release enthralling new album, Stir

Mark Geary returns with The Forest

Mark Geary, one of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters, has returned with a beautiful new single, “The Forest”. A stunning acoustic track supported by emotive backing vocals and keys, we hear the thoughtful, reflective lyricism which Geary is known for once again rise to the fore. On writing “The Forest”, Geary says: “I woke up from a dream and there was a storm outside the window here … Continue reading Mark Geary returns with The Forest

INSIDEAWAVE: Bright Windows in the Night

It’s been just under two years since INSIDEAWAVE’s first single, “Estuary/Enough” was released. Since then they’ve honed in on a sound that defines them as one of Ireland’s best indie bands. It also hasn’t been all that long since they treated us to the beautiful ‘Ivy Honey‘. Well, thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long for another great track as they’ve just dropped their new … Continue reading INSIDEAWAVE: Bright Windows in the Night

Arcwords release new single “Finger on the Trigger”

It seems like things come in threes for Dublin-based indie rockers Arcwords. Firstly, they’re a three-piece. Secondly, they’ve been together for three years, having met as students in BIMM. Thirdly, 2019 saw them release three singles, “Toughen Up“,”Father Figure” and “Hyperlinking“. And today, they’re treating (see what I did there) us to their catchiest single yet. “Finger on the Trigger” sees a fusion of energetic … Continue reading Arcwords release new single “Finger on the Trigger”

Bleeding Heart Pigeons release second single from upcoming album

Bleeding Heart Pigeons, a band I wish I had found all of seven years ago, have kindly released a new single for us to devour during isolation. “Trapped” was released on May 1st and really only leaves you wishing their upcoming album Stir could be released right now. As the band put it, “Trapped” is an “intricate and layered synth-pop track with echoes of Caribou. … Continue reading Bleeding Heart Pigeons release second single from upcoming album

Time to catch up with RUNOFFBROKE?

I make no qualms about it, I know nothing about rap. I don’t really seek it out either. However, that doesn’t mean that the odd artist or album doesn’t squeeze into my weekly listen (Kevin Federline, Dee Dee King)… This week it’s RUNOFFBROKE. The Dublin native recently returned from two years in Berlin where he recorded and performed extensively. So far this year he’s been … Continue reading Time to catch up with RUNOFFBROKE?

Introducing the drive.

Signed to Waterford based record label Egg Twelve, the drive. is an alt-rock three-piece from Cork. They cite Manchunian legends The Stone Roses, Oasis, and The Smiths as their influences. They released their debut single “Cigarettes and Lemonade” in early 2020, with their earlier mentioned influences a strong presence on the track. For a debut release, “Cigarettes and Lemonade” certainly doesn’t sound like a starting … Continue reading Introducing the drive.