Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Jaime Orr - The Same Street (single)

Exposed to bands like AC/DC and Audioslave from a very early age, playing guitar helped Jaime Orr to overcome major speech difficulties, allowing him to express himself beyond the use of words. It was a huge turning point and is the reason he has dedicated himself to a life in music. "The instrument is why I am able to articulate words the way I do now."  His music focuses on tough themes interspersed with positive messages - soft ballad type verses influenced by John Mayer combined with hard hitting guitar riff-based choruses inspired by grunge and hard rock bands such as Royal Blood and Nirvana. 

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Sparkle - Run (single)

Sparkle are a five-piece pop/rock band based in Cork, Ireland. They consist of Caroline Bailey (Lead Vocal) who came second on RTE’s Last Singer Standing, Jen Bowler (Acoustic Guitar/Backing Vocals), Greg Murphy (Drums/Percussion), Ian Carey (Bass) and Tadgh Sheehan (Lead Guitar). The female fronted outfit have developed a melodic yet fierce and engaging sound. They like to set the bar higher by incorporating a wide range of influences into their music to make their music unique and stand out from the crowd. They take these influences and blend them to create their distinctive and unforgettable sound.

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Hotel California - Greater Love (single)

Hotel California is an Americana project by singer and songwriter Daniel Green, living in a small village in Northern Europe. During lockdown he wrote 24 new tracks, which are released song by song every three weeks starting in January 2021. He loves his life and his life exists within music. Dark moments transform to songs as do the beautiful ones. His biggest shows so far were the Sziget Festival in Budapest and the Vans Varped Tour in the USA. He has produced songs with Ronald Bood (Mando Diao, Kooks). He now releases Greater Love.

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The Cope - True Romance (single)

Known within the music industry for their work behind the scenes but now stepping out with their own unique musical & visual project, electronic producers David Anthony Curley and Joe Furlong arrive with their debut single and self directed video for "True Romance"  and announce themselves as The Cope. Based in Dublin and Berlin, the songwriting, producing, film making, audio-visual artist pair, have been crafting their sound since meeting at an impromptu karaoke party in late 2019. Frantically YouTubing songs like Work It by Marie Davidson, Never Come Back by Caribou and Intergalactic by Beastie Boys, their karaoke party turned into a dance party as songs from The Blaze, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Soulwax, Rüfüs du Sol and Justice were added to the mix.

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Vincent Vaughan - Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens (single)

Vincent Vaughan is a recording artist from a little place called Mullinahone in the county of Tipperary, Ireland . In sharp contrast to his take on Rodney Crowell’s Many A Long And Lonesome Highway, shared with us earlier this summer, AIN’T NOBODY HERE BUT US CHICKENS perfectly showcases Vincent’s more light-hearted side. And how could it not, given that Vincent can trace the inspiration for his wanting to cut this song all the way back to…the Muppets! 

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Demi Michelle - Afterthought (single)

Demi Michelle Schwartz is a pop and country songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From a young age, she has surrounded herself with music, playing piano, singing her favorite songs, and going to as many concerts as possible. While in college, she discovered her passion for songwriting and decided to turn her experiences into lyrics. The thought of writing a new song is always in her mind, and she can’t resist typing lyrics into her phone and recording melody ideas when she’s inspired. Her songs hold an authenticity that shows who she is, staying true to herself as a songwriter. Demi Michelle doesn’t hold back in her new single, “Afterthought,” a record that she likes to call a sass-infused genre melting pot with an infectious groove.

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Marketa Irglova - The Season (single)

Following the recent announcement of her forthcoming album LILA, Marketa Irglova has shared the second single, ‘The Season’, along with a breathtaking companion video. ‘The Season’ marks Irglova’s triumphant return to releasing new music after an eight-year hiatus and fresh off the heels of sold-out 15th Anniversary shows celebrating Once, the movie which featured Irglova as both actor and songwriter. 

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Under Starling - Mongrel (EP)

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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MARBL - The Sunsets and Dawns of Everything (EP)

MARBL is an Indie-folk band run by  Israeli singer-songwriter Moria Or. The music has its own widely spread range of influences like Sufjan Stevens, Fink,
Big Thief, Aurora, Laura Marling, Norah Jones, Gregory Alan Isakov, Damien Rice &
Bon Iver. MARBL has already drawn the attention of dominant radio stations, music bloggers, journalists & publicists in France, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, the USA, Japan,
and more, and hit some big official Spotify playlists around the world.

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Sorcha Richardson - Shark Eyes (single)

Dublin artist Sorcha Richardson’s debut album ‘First Prize Bravery’ was the culmination of her experiences throughout young adulthood, a time during which she ventured from home in Dublin to New York, Los Angeles and then back again. Greeted by critical acclaim from Nylon, The Irish Times, DIY and more, comparisons were made with Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers et al, leading to a nomination for the Choice Music Prize. She toured the UK and Ireland, hit a few festivals and then… well, we all know what threw a spanner in the works.

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