‘Swimming Pool’ was released by Ports on 21st April.
Ports show here their great sense of melody, strong lyrical ability and song writing craftsmanship, whilst maintaining their haunting signature sound. ‘Swimming Pool’ was written whilst recording their new album.
Steven McCool explains, “We were just messing about between takes and it started to take form. The music and melody fell together within minutes, so we decided to record it. We were using a new lyric writing technique, where we would imagine a scene. So I said I can see someone diving into a swimming pool at night in slow motion. The song ultimately became a metaphor for our emotions, if you fight them they become harder to manoeuvre. So, like swimming you just go with it and it gets easier the more relaxed you are.”
James Vincent McMorrow released ‘The Less I knew’ on 21st April.
As well as releasing this single, James has announced he will be releasing two albums in 2022. ‘The Less I knew’ will be released on 24th June and ‘Heavyweight Champion of Dublin 8’ will be released in the Autumn.
James says, “The fact I get to do this job at all is an absolute miracle. And it all could be over in a minute. So I’m not going to over-think it if I can help it. The album is just about doing whatever you want, whatever you need, to make life work for you. Less pretence, less containing emotion inside and hoping it subsides, less worrying about what other people might be thinking or doing.”
On 22nd April, London Plane released ‘Bright Black’.
NYC-based post-punk / alternative rock collective London Plane present their new single ‘Bright Black’. It’s the title track and first offering from their forthcoming ‘Bright Black’ album, which is out on June 17th. This is a glimpse of brightness amidst the invasion of darkness, both internal and external, imminent and eventual.
“‘Bright Black’ is at once an anti-war song and a simple, hopeful sentiment or a little prayer to whoever is listening (the universe, the gods, you). If there is no life after death, indeed if it “goes black”, then let it at least go bright black,” says David Mosey (guitarist and vocalist).
Ryan Sheridan released ‘Have Little Faith in Me’, and announced his upcoming tour, on April 22nd.
Ryan Sheridan is excited to be heading out on tour in Ireland and Europe, his first run of home dates since 2016. Ryan’s new album, ‘Americana’, is just weeks away from release on May 6th and, as the countdown builds, he has released his stunning gospel-ballad take on John Hiatt’s timeless song ‘Have A Little Faith In Me’.
Ryan is currently rehearsing for the headline German leg of the ‘Love and Peace’ tour, which kicks off on May 3rd through to May 23rd. That will be followed by a tour in Ireland through the Summer.
Audrey Bridgeman released ‘Nothing to Lose’ on 22nd April.
Audrey Bridgeman is an emerging Irish artist who started playing piano at age 8 and drums at age 14 under the tutelage of her late father, legendary Irish drummer, Noel Bridgeman who was the drummer in the original Skid Row with the world renowned guitarist, Gary Moore. She also studied drums/percussion in Havana, Cuba with some of the top players from the Afro-Cuban tradition. Her song writing comes from a rhythmic perspective and is influenced by a range of genres, although she was raised on the blues. After all, the blues are the roots!
Her début album, ‘Fire in your Soul’, came out on 22nd April 2022. ‘Nothing To Lose’ is the new single from that album.
On 23rd April Vukovar released ‘Place to Rest’.
Vukovar formed in a crumbling place filler of a town in 2014. They were always dying and reorganized after ceasing to exist in 2019. Effete artists pretending to be northern hard-cases pretending to be uniform fetishists in iconoclast drag. “Do not trust us; we are fragile stars.”
After the devastating loss of Simon Morris to suicide in 2019, Vukovar have worked on ‘Eternity Ends Here’ – a triptych of albums, all released via Other Voices Records. New single ‘Place To Rest’ is the first glimpse from the third album in this series (and 10th album proper), entitled ‘The Body Abdicator’, which will be released later this year.
Vulkovar are on Bandcamp.
Joan Patrick released ‘The Reason Why’ on April 24th.
Joan has a linktre page with all her download links.
On Monday (25th) Bentley Browning released ‘Trace’.
Bentley Browning was raised on rock and pop and he adores melody. His début solo album ‘Pop Anthemica’ is a collection of atmospheric guitar and indietronica vibes.
Bentley started as a stand-up drummer in seminal rap rock outfit US-UK. During the pandemic break, and inspired by the passing of both his parents, Bentley got to grips with playing the guitar. The result is an album of self-penned and collaborative tracks with Max Macdonald, produced by Henry White at Dental Records.
The new single ‘Trace’ is taken from the album, ‘Pop Anthemica’. Both are available now on all digital formats.
Also on Monday (25th) Kaapstaad released ‘Night’.
Kaapstaad presents a chill and immersive début single, titled ‘Night’. It brings distinct lofi chamber beats from the Baltic and beyond.
Kaapstaad is the solo electronic project of Tim Spelman. He is the driving force behind indie pop outfit Tiny Fighter and post-rock project Fire To The Stars. Sweeping onto the scene with ‘Night’ – with his second single ‘Aula’ set for release on May 6 – Kaapstaad is an outlet for his more introspective, downtempo solo creations.
Tim says, “‘Night’ was originally composed for a short film score that never saw the light of the day. Intended as a lullaby-meets-soundscape, the idea was to combine a simple melody with field recordings taken out in a Swedish forest at night – that’s the rain, insects and crackles you can hear in the background of the song. Whilst the film soundtrack never eventuated, I was very happy with both the process and the product – something very different to the indie-pop/post-rock of my previous bands. So happy, in fact, it gave birth to an entirely new project – Kaapstaad. Of which ‘Night’ is my very first single.”
‘Night’ is out now, available everywhere digitally and can be ordered via his website of steam links or directly from the artist via Bandcamp. The forthcoming single ‘Aula’ can already be pre-ordered.
On Friday (29th) Altered Lines will release ‘Bridges’.
Altered Lines are a four piece Rock & Roll band from Dublin Ireland with a raw honest sound that is a reflection of the society we live in. The band members are Jack McAteer (Vocals), Kev Carrick (Guitar), Jules Chambers (Drums) and Simon Boland (Bass).
The Clarisse Sisters have recently released ‘Gravity’.
As the saying goes “They started singing before they could talk”. The vocal jazz trio from Mauritius have an innate gift for singing. Like the Gibb brothers could harmonise effortlessly as siblings, The Clarisse Sisters found they can easily sing together and hit the right notes naturally. Born in a family of six children that comprised four girls and two boys, The Clarisse Sisters are Dominique, the second eldest of the girls, and her twin younger sisters, Annick and Veronique.
‘Gravity’ is taken from their new album, ‘Fire & Ice’, which was initiated by the global lockdown. That enabled the three sisters to spend most of their time in their studio in Curepipe, working on new material. The songs are all sung in English and the band are first-class musicians from the UK.
The show is available on MixCloud.
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