Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Mia Yermeche - Comfortable (single)

Irish singer/songwriter Mia Yermeche has just recently embarked on her music career by releasing her debut single ‘Butterflies’ which came out when she was doing her Leaving Cert.. Mia recently took part in the televised competition programme, ‘The Big Deal’ which she describes as “an amazing experience and opportunity to gain insight, experience and also knowledge about the entertainment industry”Spending her weekends training at performing arts school and classically training her voice, Mia found her love for RnB music of the 90s and the 00s. Mia counts Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Kehlani as some of her biggest musical influences.

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Puddletown Suite No.3 - The Orphaned Choir (EP)

Puddletown Suite is a unique ensemble comprised of a rolling collective of artists who, over the last decade, have engaged with, performed and recorded a series of original songs and CDs. This latest EP (Suite No. 3) is brought to you by a collaboration of exceptionally talented musicians and singers from a variety of musical backgrounds.

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Lisa Gorry - It Was You (And Me) (EP)

Kildare native Lisa Gorry is no stranger to Irish music scene, where her combination of relatable lyrics and tender vocal tones have been honed to craft an intimate performance style. Last year she performed to the packed audience at Ruby sessions, her lyrics echo the sentiment of young Joni Mitchell with the vocal prowess of Dusty Springfield and emotive power of Janis Joplin. She released her first single, "Parts", in August 2019 to sellout launch party in the Vintage Room of The Workmans Club in Dublin and has been releasing consistently since then. Her debut EP "Is It Me?" came out in October 2020.

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KeSTine - U.N.I.T.Y (single)

Hailing from Cork, German born, Irish raised, with Nigerian/Esan culture,  Kestine possesses the confidence and talent to change the hip-hop game forever, one inspiring lyric at a time. Black Irish rapper Kestine is boldly challenging the status quo this Black History Month with an empowering new music video for latest hit release, U.N.I.T.Y. Influenced by the recent Black Lives Matter crusade, Kestine takes an honest approach to racial injustice movements as he spits bars and lays down rhymes about the hypocrisy of those who claim to stand behind the banner of justice and equality.The powerful and symbolic music video features a poised and eloquent Kestine personifying his words, surrounded by religious imagery -  a nod to his upbringing in a spiritual household.

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Ger Eaton - Three by Ger Eaton (EP)

Stuck at home (er ..only in a Home of the Year finalist home, 2015) during Covid-19, Ger Eaton, creative director, future planner, musical collaborator and style savant, heeded this advice from his recently self-appointed A&R daughter, 18-year-old Jude, dusted off his old 4 Track Tape machine and is finally releasing his first solo project single, entitled ‘I Thought I’d A Friend’. Jude had noted that while her Dad had worked with Duke Special, Jack L, Mundy, Fionn Regan, and The Pale (to name just a few), appeared on Later with Jools Holland, played Glastonbury, toured extensively at home and in the US with his own bands Las Vegas Basement, The Carnival Brothers and (her favourite) Les Marionettes, he had never released music as a solo artist. “You’re like that old guy...”, she said, “… Brian Eno… you always stand out from the rest.” As creative director and fashion forecaster of 25 years for the chic Robert Chambers Hair Salon, Ger has indeed used his creative talents to turn everything he encounters (including himself ) into a visual kaleidoscope of flair. Now he returns with his 3 track EP "Three by Ger Eaton".

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Natalie Moran - My Ambition (single)

Natalie Moran is an Irish Dublin based pop singer-song writer. Natalie’s debut single, ‘My Ambition’  will be followed by more new releases as she debuts as an up-and-coming singer-songwriter. Natalie’s vocals are a mix of power pop with soothing tones and the ability to reach those lighter high notes allowing for a perfect mix to enlighten the soul or calm the heart.

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Afterbliss - Unknown Machine (EP)

Locked and loaded with an arsenal of hard rock and synth pop hits is one of the most highly-anticipated bands to emerge from Ireland’s underground music scene in recent years, Afterbliss.While the pandemic era saw many bands pack up for good, the hard-hitting Irish quintet took to the studio, releasing a refreshing and eclectic mix of industrial pop/rock hit after hit. And as the world begins to recover from a two-year music drought, Afterbliss already has enough new material under its belt to hit the ground running and invade the ear-space of a frenzied music fan base ready for a synth-driven sonic assault.

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Kandemic - King (single)

In the midst of a global pandemic, and what we can only call a crushing year for so many, four musicians got together to kill some time by making music. It had been their passion individually for decades. And with what felt like never-ending lockdowns, the one thing they had was time. With diverse experience and backgrounds in folk, rock, hip hop and reggae, the music started to take shape, and Kandemic was born. With everything going on in the world, it became clear from the very start that Kandemic had a lot to say and a story to tell. As one lockdown was followed by another, the band kept writing and recording music. And six months and thousands of cans of beer later, Kandemic realised they had an album in their hands and a message from far beyond the stars. Rock, punk, hip hop and reggae, and swapping between English and Italian languages, Kandemic's sound picks from the past and sets out to make something new. Band members from Helsinki, Milan, Rome and Venice now call Dublin their home.

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A Ritual Sea - A Ritual Sea

Formed in 2016, A Ritual Sea’s distinctive, synth-driven, shoegaze sound is heavily influenced by the esoteric imagery of Andrei Tarkovsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Robert Altman and Ingmar Bergman. Having featured at the renowned Other Voices Festival in 2018 and supported international acts such as Gwenno and Jane Weaver, the band played a sold-out headline show in Dublin’s Whelans venue in early 2020 and are gearing up to return to playing live shows in support of their debut album launch.

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Kev Olden - Ache (single)

Kev Olden is an indie artist from Cork, Ireland.  His debut single Hush captures the arresting power of memories - how they can be both painful and restorative. He blends folk, alternative and indie pop to produce a sound that’s melancholic, atmospheric and instantly memorable. He moved from Dublin to Toronto in March of 2020, just before the world shut down. He says Time We Have Left’ is the culmination of a year in a new environment, in and out of isolation and in and out of the studio. Lockdown gave him the space to contemplate and write and the result is reflective, tender and clearly influenced by artists like Bon Iver and Jack Garratt.

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