Introducing: Anderson

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I would just like to jump in very quickly and introduce this guy before he explodes and I miss the proverbial boat. Daniel ‘Anderson’ is a Dublin based folk artist, one which I’ve followed with great interest since I saw him enthrall the mellow crowds of the INEC Killarney when he opened for Villagers back  in 2013.

Anderson effortlessly blends soft (almost whimsical) folk with a truly exceptional song-writing ability. And it is this delicate touch that allows him to explore an array of hard-hitting themes in effortless fashion.

Anderson’s songs are mature and literate, but also melodically appealing. Influenced by the pioneering production techniques and arrangements of the 1960s and ’70s, Daniel’s carefully crafted material manages the rare feat of conveying classic pop melodies without sacrificing the distinctive character of the introspective, personal sentiments. (www.andersonsongs.com)

Patterns, Anderson’s debut musical offering will be released later this year and it’s fair to say that it is one that I am most looking forward to. I’ve included two tracks below to give you a little preview of what’s to come. If you like what you hear be sure to follow Anderson on Facebook.

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New Music: Elm – Amends

Elm, a captivating Dublin five-piece, are relative newcomers to the Irish music scene. But what they lack in terms of a musical back-catalogue they more than make up for with an abundance of style and talent. They’ve just released new single ‘Amends’ with an accompanying video which I’ve included below for your viewing pleasure.

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Firstage – Putting real artists on a virtual stage

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Wild Beasts – Present Tense

January, for most people, is a proactive time. It’s a month for planning and of course looking forward. So it’s only natural that my first post of the year be of a revisionist nature. 2014 may or may not go down in the annuls of time as a particular stellar vintage for musical offerings. But I thought I might as well mark the past year with some albums that caught my attention and provided a more that pleasing soundtrack.

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Favourite Albums of 2015…so far

I know we’ve long passed the year’s half way mark (where has the time gone) but I wanted to share a Spotify playlist I’ve been carefully compiling. It’s a list of my favourite albums released this year and whilst it may contain some obvious choices I think there’s also a few wild cards in the mix. I’ve even included two albums which haven’t been released yet. That might seem a tad presumptions but I’m more than convinced that these two will be  battling it out for my affections and the coveted number one spot come the end of the year. So have a listen, let me know what you think and if there are any glaring omissions please don’t hesitate to share.

Introducing: Noel O’ Brien

The one thing certainly not lacking from the current music scene is solo male vocalists. And whilst Noel O’Brien, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Tipperary, may be just that, he does little to blend into the crowd. Having just released a self-titled EP (his debut offering) O’Brien seems to be set on proving that deep (somewhat emotional) acoustic folk can still carry a unique appeal.

Opening with “Yet To Come” probably the most accessible track on the EP, O’Brien conjures up deep atmospheric imagery with little more than a guitar and haunting vocals. The remainder of the EP follows in a similar vein and works well as a showcase of one man in tune with his guitar.

A favourite of mine off the record “The Night” demonstrates a deeper musical sensibility and belongs somewhere in the realm of Conor O’Brien’s Villagers (no relation I’m sure).

The EP eventually draws to a close with “Reprise” a well worked, thought-provoking track that will stay with you long after listening. And perhaps this is the true magic of the EP. On the surface it’s a well put-together ‘easy-listening’ record but digging that little bit deeper uncovers a wealth of creative intrigue and subtle talent.

Download Noel O’Brien’s debut release on Bandcamp

Also you follow him on the usual social channels: Facebook & Twitter

 

Upcoming Gig: Girls Names

Girls Names - Live in Hangar Dublin

Girls Names @ Hangar Andrew’s Lane, Dublin – June 6

Belfast band Girls Names are set to play their biggest Dublin show to date this coming Saturday in Hangar. Whilst the Northern Irish four-piece have been gracing far away fields (Primavera, London Roundhouse) with their brand of psychedelic punk, Dublin appearances have become somewhat of a rarity and in such not to be missed.

On the back of their staggering ‘Zero Triptych’ and on the promise of a forthcoming release ‘Arms Around A Vision’ (October 2015) Saturday’s gig should provide Andrew’s Lane revelers with a much anticipated first glimpse at new  material.

Tickets are available online from tickets.ie and for the reasonable sum of 12 euro.