THE ALTERED HOURS

The Altered Hours are a five-piece music group based in Cork city, Ireland. IN HEAT NOT SORRY is their first full length album, recorded at the Funkhaus studio in Berlin and released through Art For Blind and Penske Recordings.

Following their work with Fabien Leseure on the Sweet Jelly Roll EP (A Recordings) in 2013, plans were made to further explore the potential for capturing the band’s intense live energy. The group returned to Berlin in 2014 and spent three weeks exploring, experimenting and recording with Leseure at the controls.

The project began with a great variety of songs and ideas, a unique and cohesive style emerged with an emphasis on live recording.

The resulting ten tracks are representative of the group’s evolution – beginning with a lush psychedelic sound and pushing towards a stark headspace. This album has been influenced by the beautifully dismal surroundings of the 1950s Funkhaus studio building (a former DDR radio center). In many ways IN HEAT NOT SORRY‘s sound and atmosphere encapsulates the band’s ongoing fascination with testing and sometimes disrupting that fine balance between tranquility and chaos.

 

AOIFE UNDERWATER

Aoife Underwater is the collaboration of musicians Aoife Cleary and Fergal Davis.  Citing influences from French electro outfit AIR to Lana Del Rey, Aoife Underwater merges their lush electro-pop sound with edgy vocals to create a sonic impact on the listener.  Their recent EP ‘On the Cusp’ showcases a melodic blend of songs rich in texture and imagery. The infectious electro-pop sensibilities of “On the Cusp of Nothing” kick things off.  Cool, sexy vocals are complemented by a dirty bass line on “Loosen Your Grip” and countered by the playful melody of “Distraction”.  Downtempo tracks “You Didn’t Break” and “When You’re Not Around” round things out.

AUGUST WELLS

August Wells is a musical project created by Ken Griffin and John Rauchenberger in New York. Griffin is the former creative mind behind the groups, Rollerskate Skinny, Kid Silver and Favourite Sons. The music of August Wells has been described as “Strange other worldly chamber music”, “Sinatra singing Lou Reed songs” and “The secret marriage of Willy Nelson and Lee Hazlewood”. Songs to walk across your troubled heart with.

“This charming man possesses possibly the most evocative, even beautiful, Irish singing voice ever recorded” – Barry Egan (The Sunday Independent)

“you’ll want to familiarize yourself with Madness is the Mercy, pronto”
– Pop matters

‘The Undiscovered Genius of Kenneth Griffin’
– Drowned In Sound

BEAR WORSHIP

Bear Worship is a celebration. It's about positivity and realism, love and friends, passion and nostalgia, and the need for creativity. After a string of well regarded singles which have received airplay on RTE and the BBC, featured in myriad blogs, and ended up in a number of end-of-year lists, Bear Worship’s debut album WAS was released on the 15th June 2017.

The backbone of WAS’s sound is drums and bass guitar, and layered above are swathes of synthesizer, guitar, arpeggios, and harmonies, all topped off with Bear Worship’s distinctive vocals. Sonically it lies somewhere between Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, with other touchstones being Deerhunter, St Vincent, Oh No Ono, Giorgio Moroder, Air, Tame Impala, and the Beach Boys. The songs were written and recorded between Bear Worship's home studio and Stephen Shannon's Experimental Audio (Adrian Crowley, Barry McCormack, the Late David Turpin, Strands).

In their exclusive album premiere, The Thin Air —who consider Bear Worship as “one of the country’s very best musical talents right now”— describe WAS as a “prismatic traipse of melodically rich, compositionally ambitious alt-pop”. A statement of intent from an artist who believes that, in music, imagination and exploration are paramount.

“While I vaguely resent a track burying itself into my brain for over 48 hours, it’s testament to just how glorious a piece of music this is. And that’s before you get to the utterly sublime production, in which the attention to detail takes the track up another level still." – BBC Across The Line (Shimmerings, Track for the Day)

9/10 - “Ultimately, this is probably the most musically experimental and adventurous Irish album you’re likely to hear this year” (Hot Press Magazine).

Album of the Week - “Karl Knuttel’s debut album under the moniker of Bear Worship has a hypnagogic quality to it, last heard so prominently in music when Animal Collective were at their Merriweather Post-Pavilion height.” (The Irish Times).

THE CASANOVA WAVE

Hailing from the seaside village of Tramore in Co. Waterford, Ireland, The Casanova Wave is the creative outlet of Brian McCartan. Emerging as one of Ireland’s brightest electronic acts in the Autumn of 2010, the ‘shimmering, chiming electro-pop’ on his eponymous debut EP was described by Jim Carroll of The Irish Times as “leaving you wanting more”. His sound could be described as a happy-go-lucky mix of warm electronica complemented with live instrumentation and an array of looped sounds. In many respects his sound is a reflection of summer with melodies that burst with bouncing rhythms, bright guitars and pulsing synths. 

CUT ONCE

Michael Heffernan and Aisling Browne joined forces in September 2014 to create a sound that both felt a need to adhere to. After meeting in Dublin's Temple Lane Studios where Michael is Head Engineer, the two had worked on various projects together. During these sessions the pair soon realised that their interest, taste and overall vision were almost identical so they decided to join forces. With no intent on a chosen genre or direction, Cut Once” went aimlessly in to the recording studio and blindly recorded what then became the foundation of their sound.  

What came out of this is a sound and style both instantly intoxicating and innovative.  From the sinister electronic stylings of "Institution" to the gentler and tender "Colour Blue", Cut Once create a rich and layered musical landscape.

Being Head Engineer of Temple Lane Studios Michael has worked with some prestigious acts such as Gavin Friday, Dave Ball (Soft Cell) and The Script in which he spent four months recording their latest album “No Sound Without Silence. He has also assisted recording sessions with established artists and producers such as Morrissey, Tony Visconti, Swedish House Mafia, Howie B and more. With his technical background, his desire for achieving interesting sounds and his love of ever evolving technology is what drives him to produce electronic music. 

Aisling is no stranger to Recording and Live Performance, having played in every major live venues throughout Ireland and abroad. She has performed as a lead vocalist and backing vocalist in various bands such as Solar Taxi, Katie Kim, Propellor Palms and more. During this time she has performed at major festivals and has supported “Roxette” at the “3 Arena”, Paloma Faith, David Gray, 50 Cent, Faithless in various venues around Ireland. Aisling has always had a passion for working in the recording studio. She has co-written and sang backing vocals on countless albums, radio and tv commercials.

 

JAMES DARKIN

James Darkin is one of Ireland's most sought after producers and engineers. Well known from his role as Head Engineer of Temple Lane Recording Studios, James has worked on sessions with Kanye West, Will.i.am, and Rihanna for 'Love The Way You Lie', over his decade plus on the scene. He has produced albums for The Mighty Stef, Propeller Palms and the debut record from Wounds, ‘Die Young, signed to Razor & Tie Records in the US.  Recent mix credits include Hozier, Plutonic Dust and the forthcoming album from Funeral Suits, as well as remixes for Katie Kim, R.S.A.G and Come On Live Long. His original compositions cross numerous genres, touching on electronica, rock and hip-hop among others. James’ track “We’re In” is featured in the Panti Bliss documentary ‘The Queen of Ireland'.  

The songs on his debut electronic album, ‘Go No Matter What’ set a dark and sometimes sinister tone moving across a rich mercurial landscape.  With influences ranging from Trent Reznor to Clint Mansell ‘Go No Matter What’ takes the listener on a visceral journey

DIOSCÓ NA MBÓ

Dioscó Na mBó are two lads from Easkey Co. Sligo who make music using vintage analog synths. Their sound has been described by blogs as “warm, fluffy, magical psychedelic pop”, “undeniably danceable”, and “a catchy blend of disco, funk, and kaleidoscopic pop”. They have been likened to The Beta Band, Todd Terje and St. Germain.  

The lyrical content of the songs aims to subvert traditional themes by luring listeners into a familiar place and then dismantling that over-used arbritary song topic while also attempting to replace it with content which the band think is worth thinking about.

Songs such as We Can Run (which explores nostalgia and ignorance), Nobody’s Ghost (which explores the feelings felt after the passing of a friend), and Vanua (which explores the relationship between the self and the land and attitudes to climate change) attempt to mix the listener’s primary understanding of the song topic up with the vibe and subsequent meaning to create something else, rather than a typical love song or something else already sung about billions of times.

Live the two mix their synth sounds with guitars, drums, samples and vocals which makes for an instrument-swapping live performance. They have been known to explore some house and acid sounds along the way and improvisation is always an important part of a show in order not to stray too far from the musicianship of a live band.

GINNELS

Ginnels is Mark Chester, Paddy Hanna and Bobby Aherne from Grand Pocket Orchestra and No Monster Club, with Squarehead’s Roy Duffy and Ruan Van Vliet. They describe their gloriously excitable and gorgeous music as “like your favourite Byrds and Feelies records being drowned out by your dickhead neighbour’s stoned ‘noise jams’. Except actually good”.

After releasing two acclaimed releases in 2011, the self titled album ‘Ginnels’ and the mini album ‘Mountbatten Class’ (Long Lost Records), In 2012, Ginnels decided with infinite wisdom to record a 20-song, hour-long, double mess of an album called ‘Crowns’. Following a fantastic reception for the (now out of print) double, with appearances on many end of year lists and many more glowing reviews, the band were approached by Spanish label Tenorio Cotobade in 2013 to put out an LP, ‘Plumes’ comprising a selection of previously released tracks from the first three albums.

A ‘Country Life’ is a bit of a departure in so much as it’s the first Ginnels release to involve ‘proper drums’ and also the first non-compilation LP release by the band. Meant from the beginning to be a focused ‘pure pop’ 37 minute album, a direct response to the supposed ‘death of the album’ and an attempt to try and make something shiny and unashamedly not lo-fi, ‘A Country Life’ takes its cues from classic songwriting and a desire to air grievances in public. That said, with absolutely no budget, the drums being recorded in a cupboard and everything else recorded in a 6’x6’ box room, some things haven’t changed. 

KATIE KIM

Katie Kim is the pseudonym of Katie Sullivan when she performs and records her Slowcore, ethereal, ambient indie/folk. De-tuned guitars and sparse piano playing, walls of loops and echoing vocals come to the fore, along with grisly tones, haunting and experimental flavours. All of which is executed with subtle, cinematic simplicity. Paired with a voice that reviewers and fans alike, have tried to liken to many, but end up agreeing, that Katie Kim’s style is entirely of her own making.

On her latest album, 'Salt', Katie delves a bit darker, incorporating drone like textures all of which is complemented by delicate, intoxicating vocals.  The album takes you on a stellar, intense journey from start to finish.  In addition to 'Salt', Katie Kim has released two studio albums to date: Twelve and Cover & Flood and as well as the single "Foreign Fleas". She has also scored an original soundtrack for the 1928 surrealist Germain Dulac silent film, "La Coquille et Le Clergyman", commissioned by The Cork French Film Festival, which she also performed with her full band, live, in front of a sold out audience. This original score will be released as part of a multimedia package.    

LAND LOVERS

Founding members and key contributors to the Popical Island collective in Ireland (Paddy Hanna, Tieranniesaur, Squarehead, Ginnels, No Monster Club, etc.), Land Lovers are central to the ever-growing Dublin guitar pop scene in recent years. The band have also toured with and opened for the likes of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Yuck, The Mantles, Nodzzz, Ham Sandwich and The Wave Pictures.

Having started life as the solo project of Padraig Cooney, releasing the album Romance Romance, Land Lovers became a 5-piece band for the Immovable Feet EP and the acclaimed Confidants LP. In the gap between that album and new record The Rooks Have Returned, the band collaborated with Limerick’s Choice Prize-nominated Windings on a split LP.

Meanwhile, Cooney made 2 albums as Skelocrats and bassist Shane Murphy made music with Switzerland and No Monster Club. Drummer Maggie Fagan (Grand Pocket Orchestra) and keyboardist Conor Deasy (Biggles Flys Again, Tomorrows) joined the band in 2015. Guitarist Ciaran Canavan is a mainstay.

LIE INS

With Michael Stevens on songwriting, guitars and vocals;  Ruan van Vliet on drums, vibes and artwork, and Mark Chester on Bass, vocals, mixing and mastering, Lie Ins are thrashy lo-fi literate songmakers whose wry take on Irish life has received plaudits at home and abroad.

Previously a guitar/drums two-piece, their debut album “Death To Lie Ins” was a fun-filled blast of acoustic punk. A new single out this year “Love in the Arctic” saw the addition of Chester and a new electric sound. Lie Ins are currently recording an album.

 

NAOISE ROO

Somber toned songwriter Naoise Roo’s music combines stark vulnerability with a dynamic visceral vocal delivery. Her debut album  "Lilith", a collection of compelling tracks, examines the subjects of sex, death and relationships.  The album is a force of nature, its daring truthful songwriting shows a commanding presence that insists you sit up and take notice. The musical styles range from hard grunge, to ambient electronica, lush indie rock and Jacque Brel-channeling burlesque. The diverse influences in her music have drawn comparisons to Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Amanda Palmer. 

NEON ATLAS

Neon Atlas is a Cork-based alt-indie outfit that has been drawing accolades from local and national media across Ireland.  Shifting between dreamy melodies and chunky guitar rhythms, Neon Atlas have drawn comparisons to Weezer, Silversun Pickups and Teenage Fanclub.  A new album will be released later this year, a followup to 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Graffiti Reality’ which was nominated for numerous awards and which critics noted "has a serious musical punch".  Their latest single “Move in Circles” is currently play listed on 2FM. 

Oozes with Tim Wheeler-like melodies and Weezer-esque riffs…..the LP shines thanks to super- slick production……. packs plenty of punch.“- HOT PRESS

Ring is a captivating vocalist and the band have a finely tuned sense of melody“. – IRISH INDEPENDENT

Hard to beat a solid, catchy riff – and that’s what helped bury this one into our brains. Fantastic drumming and a sneering vocal also played their part in a pretty relentless three minutes of indie-pop gold.” BBC ACROSS THE LINE

NO MONSTER CLUB

No Monster Club is the nom de plume of Dublin's Bobby Aherne, who is regularly joined onstage and on record by fellow members of the Popical Island collective. In addition to his work as sound designer for the National Leprechaun Museum, his music has been used for campaigns by the likes of Skullcandy and Virgin Media, and has featured on the soundtracks of the feature films 'NOW', 'Famous Nathan' & 'Pussywillow Dirtbags'. No Monster Club's vast, critically acclaimed back catalogue includes releases on a host of indie label heavyweights, including Popical Island, Mirror Universe, Emotional Response, CF Records & Already Dead Records.

ÓDÚ

Born in New York and raised in the seaside town of Bray, Irish singer-songwriter Ódú, better know to her friends as Sally Ó Dúnlaing, was always destined to be a colourful curator of pop.  "I've always been drawn to people who make balls out of pop; people who have personality and something to say like Marina and the Diamonds, Tove Lo and Susanne Sundfor; credible artists who have made their mark by being vulnerable and telling their story without ever dulling their pop sheen."

On her latest single "Feed You Lies", Ódú opens up about self-sabotaging her career and turns it into a shimmering, indie-disco number, propelled by a bass line that Nile Rogers would be proud of.

Ódú is set to release her debut EP 'Conversations' with producers Elliot Marchant, James Darkin and Michael Heffernan at the helm.  The five track collection is a kaleidoscopic journey through 80's synth pop to indie-disco to tropical pop, all lifted by Ódú's luxe and subtly jazz-inflected vocals.

PEARSE MCGLOUGHLIN (NOCTURNES)

Pearse McGloughlin is an artist and songwriter from Sligo, Ireland. He has released four albums to critical acclaim: Busy Whisper (2009), In Movement (2012) Idiot Songs (2013) in collaboration with composer Justin Grounds and most recently The Soft Animal (2016) with his band Nocturnes. Similar in style to Sufjan Stevens or Mercury Rev, Pearse's work often deals in literary and philosophical themes, reworking writers such as John Keats or Fyodor Dostoevsky. His music has been described as captivating, elegant and nuanced and has featured in The Irish Times, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE 2FM, Lyric FM, Radio1 and KCRW as well as at festivals such as Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and Other Voices.

“…subtle elements of the sublime…”— Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times

‘flits between folk, ambient, orchestral and singer-songwriter styles, underscoring
an inquisitiveness and search for something greater within’… Nialler9

‘The time has come for Pearse McGloughlin's ever-evolving cosmic groove merchants. Their recent album 'The Soft Animal' is our favourite Irish record of the year - do yourself a favour and get it immediately’ .... RTE Culture

REPEAT

Raucous, in your face songs blend into emotional guitar driven dramas on the debut album from Repeat.  Neil Bailey's sensational voice is by turns tender and terrifying and he gives his songs an emotional resonance and urgency that is rarely heard in Irish rock.