Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Eoghan Moylan - I Love It When You Lie To Me (single)

The Galway based singer-songwriter was born and raised in Connemara and spent most of his early life surrounded by traditional music and dance from family and friends. From sessions in his Granny's kitchen to teaching himself piano on a dodgy old keyboard his sister owned, Eoghan has been a musician since the beginning. Eoghan has said his goal in life is to be the best storyteller he possibly can be, using whatever tools and mediums he has available to him to reach his maximum potential. He studied software engineering in college where he grew to love digital synthesizers and immediately began incorporating them into his music, leading to the sound he has today. During his years in college he also developed a love for visual arts and, when possible, he designs cover art and creates music videos for all his projects.

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Krea - Last Day of the Year (single)

It’s been a busy year for Krea, the moniker taken on by Irish singer- songwriter Karen Cowley, who after taking a pause from her band Wyvern Lingo was awarded the Music Bursary by the Arts Council, as well as a residency in Paris at the Centre Culturel Irlandais where she spent the month of August writing songs for her solo EP. Krea is no stranger to the Irish music scene, having released two no. 1 albums as one third of indie band Wyvern Lingo and collaborated with household Irish names such as Denise Chaila and Hozier on his debut album duet, ‘In A Week’.

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Driven Snow - Flickers of You (single)

Tired of forever being sounding boards for each other’s songs, Kieran McGuinness (Delorentos) and Emily Aymler (Republic of Loose) have been working away quietly on a collaborative musical venture for a few years. Little by little Driven Snow began to emerge in the shape of a collection of songs that are at odds with, yet informed by, the duo's collective musical outings (Kieran as a lynchpin of Delorentos and Emily as a vocalist with Republic of Loose and Stars On Fire). The pair decamped (with children, grandparents and all) to Donegal, taking their musical sketches up to Tommy McLaughlin’s Attica Studios (Villagers, S.O.A.K., Pillow Queens) and encouraging them to grow into simple, gentle tunes with a big heart and a common soul.

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Sarah Buckley - Dream Catching (single)

Sarah Buckley releases the unique and endearing new track 'Dream Catching'. Sarah’s music has a distinctive sound with relatable lyrics as she draws on her love of language to acknowledge the magic in the mundane. The song encourages the listener to take time to daydream. She found the kalimba in a small shop and thought if dreaming had a sound, it would be this.  This is the third release from her forthcoming debut EP following the singles 'You've Got Me' and 'Magic Powers'.

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James Vincent McMorrow - Steven (single)

Having only released his fifth album ‘Grapefruit Season’ last September, fans may well have been surprised to hear that James Vincent McMorrow had a new album ‘The Less I Knew’ set to be released in June 2022. For the first time, the Platinum-selling, 4x Choice Prize nominated singer-songwriter recorded almost everything on this album himself, and this new approach is streamlined, aiming to minimise the gaps between creation and release “so that you still feel the electricity” of his inspiration.

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The Heathen Choir - London Bridge (single)

Following on from the worldwide success of The Raging Song (released May 2022) The Heathen Choir from Strabane, Northern Ireland, are releasing their second single of 2022 ‘London Bridge’. The song Co-produced in Belfast with modern rock/electro pop producer Si Francis (Bastille, Mumford & Sons) and featuring acclaimed session drummer Stephen Leacock (General Fiasco).The new single ‘London Bridge’ from ‘The Heathen Choir’ has long been a fan favourite having appeared in a stripped-down version on the album Live at Diceys (2021) the full production the song always deserved ensures it reaches new heights of emotional impact. 

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Jape - Secret area (single)

Jape is Irish producer Richard Egan living in Sweden. Taken from the new Jape release 9K HI, Vol. 1 SECRET AREA is a gentle electronic song that invokes feelings of forgotten joy.
The music was lovingly processed using rare old samplers to invoke lost memories and a childlike sense of rediscovering the joy of creation.
SECRET AREA is accompanied by a video directed by Richard Egan that further explores these ideas.

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Seán Joyce - While You Were Out (single)

The 22-year-old newcomer Seán Joyce is blessed with a voice that stops you in your tracks. You can hear that talent in his debut single While You Were Out as he delivers every line with utter conviction: evoking passion, pain, yearning and hope in equal measure. It’s a song that tees up his upcoming debut EP, a set of postcard snapshots of the rollercoaster ride of a relationship, set to music that recalls the raw emotion of Bon Iver, the pop edge of The 1975 and Declan J Donovan, and the experimental slant of RY X.

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Faraway Martin - I Got Fire (single)

Hot Press Magazine's 'Hot for 2022' artist Faraway Martin is an Irish singer-songwriter based in Qatar.  It's been an exciting year for the Mayo man, he was the headline acts at Qatar's Formula 1 Grand Prix, played at The Qatar MotoGP and has headlined various festivals in Doha. Upcoming shows see him play the Fifa World Cup Fanzone and the Fifa World Cup Final - Lusail Stadium. In Ireland he has opened for Aslan, Mick Flannery, Mundy, the Blizzards and Hermitage Green, as well as performances at Sea Sessions and Electric Picnic.

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Von Venn - Constant Girl (single)

Von Venn is the main project of songwriter Gary Cox. The name for the project/band derives from the concept that we become who we are based upon the intersection of life experiences gathered, people we meet and lessons we learn along the way. Similarly, the songs are an intersection of musical styles that influenced that Gary’s song writing, artists such as RadioHead, Jeff Buckley, The Blue Nile, John Martyn, John Lennon and many more.

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