Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Under Starling - Mongrel (single)

Hailing from Waterford,  the Viking City of Ireland, Under Starling are breathing fresh air into the Irish music scene with their unique brand of alternative rock. All flocks start small, but this gritty four-piece are rapidly forming a group of followers through their energetic live shows and popular releases. Latest singles Icarus and Purple Heights were praised by Hot Press, RTE 2XM and all audiences on their national tour. Between crowd-surfing, mosh pits, and the interaction Danny has with the audience, the band has always been connected with their fans. The escapism offered by their music and live shows brings people together like a flock of starlings. We are like murmurations.

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Vickers Vimy - Where the Wildbirds Sleep (single)

Hailing from Mayo, on the Wild Atlantic coast of Ireland, Vickers Vimy craft songs that dwell on the borders of Folk and Americana. Rich eclectic sounds anchor lyrical themes of scratched vinyl nights and hazy Sunday mornings. Their second album “Atlas of Hearts” was released in March  2018, making the RTE Radio 1 Recommends list, with the two singles ‘Keep your eye on the road’ and ‘Mermaid Of Luna Park’ being playlisted. Vickers Vimy have collaborated with Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames & Swell Season) and had the pleasure of recording in the studio of Nick Seymour (Crowded House) and have had the amazing fortune to support the late John Martyn. They have supported Hothouse Flowers, The 4 Of Us, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Mundy. 

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The Collision - Weightless (single)

The Collision are a five-piece alt-pop/rock band from Co. Offaly featuring Ciaran Brennan, Diarmuid Brady, Seán Brady, Connor Rice and Callum Bergin. After earning a reputation with appearances at local venues, The Collision. continue to rise in 2022. The group has received radio play on Tipp FM’s Premier Irish and KCLR96FM’s Ceol Anocht as well as support from Hotpress and A&R Factory. 

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Neon Atlas - Your Mistakes Have Got Nothing On Mine (single)

Cork-based indie-act ‘Neon Atlas’ have been in existence in one form or another since early 2013. Their debut album ‘Absolute Magnitude’, was primarily the brainchild of Cork-based singer-songwriter Kieran Ring and producer Ciaran O’Shea. The nine tracks that comprise their debut LP were recorded over a nine month period during 2013, and entirely performed by the duo themselves.

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Gavin Fox - Tell Me So (single)

Gavin Fox is an Irish singer-songwriter whose music empowers and uplifts. In the time and space of the 2020 lockdown, he discovered a hidden talent for storytelling through song. Emotions poured out from deep inside him, resulting in some of the most piercingly compelling and honest songs on the island of Ireland in the last year. His writing has already seen him receive national coverage from RTÉ, as well as Hot Press Magazine, Classic Hits 4FM, Red FM, Shannonside, KCLR and KFM, and international coverage from Music Crowns, YMX, London Peaky, Latin Post, Roadie Music Brazil and Nene’s Butler.  ‘Tell Me So’ is the second single from Gavin Fox’s hotly tipped upcoming album, ‘Awakened’.

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James Ethington III - Rheacycle (EP)

James Ethington III is an independent singer/songwriter from the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Six years ago the twenty-five year old artist first picked up the guitar in search of a healthy way to cope with anxiety and depression. Since then, his musical journey has led him across the United States and back again. He honed his singing and songwriting skills while busking on the streets of cities from Santa Monica, California to Austin, Texas. A lifelong lover of music, his unique sound is a product of eclectic tastes. James cites the inspiration of artists ranging from The Temptations to Nirvana. We can hear their influences in his soulful vocals, thoughtful lyricism and clever post-modern sensibilities.

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Luke Clerkin - Owl Compass (EP)

Luke Clerkin is an award-winning Irish songwriter and artist. He has been playing and releasing music for the last 6 years. His music has gained international airplay and support, whilst also topping the Irish Singer Songwriter Charts on multiple occasions. He has built a name for himself for his heart on his sleeve lyrics and emotion evoking live performances. Luke is known for playing over 250 gigs in a year at the beginning of his career, as a way of honing his craft. Since then, he has headlined famous Dublin venues such as Whelan’s, The Workman’s Club, and The Button Factory. His music has brought him all over the world, with multiple tours of Germany, as well as festival slots in America, The UK, and Ireland. Luke has also completed an apprenticeship with Ed Sheeran’s mentor and Nizlopi frontman, Luke Concannon.

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Keith McLoughlin - Big Joe (single)

What happens when you go from writing for/with artists to singing a song yourself? It's certainly a big courageous step forward. Keith McLoughlin releases his debut single as a performer with a track called Big Joe. The song covers the story line of a man called Big Joe who Keith served for many years in the pub. Joe would tell Keith his life story from his working life, to drinking, smoking, living the high life.

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Tanoki - File New

TANOKI (pseudonym of Paul Mahon) is a musician/producer from Kilkenny, Ireland. Primarily working as a Visual Artist/Filmmaker Paul has had a rich history of collaboration and video edit work for acts like, Lisa Hannigan, Linkin Park, Loah, Elaine Mai, Jerry Fish, 1000 Beasts, Walking on Cars, Bantum, plus much much more... With musical inspiration so close and stretching far and wide, Tanoki's sound weave the line between electro, trip-hop and funk with cinematic and jazz elements.File New is his debut album.

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Skinner - The Slump (single)

Skinner is a 24-year-old DIY slouch rock musician based in Dublin, Ireland, who writes, records and produces songs about growing up and overcoming a dirt-flecked 21st century existence. The DNA of no wave and post-punk acts like The B52s, James Chance and the Contortions and ESG through to alt-rock touchstones Pixies and Morphine combined with an talent for grunge-nodding self-production and pockets of elevated instrumentation is oozing from Skinner’s music.

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