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Mark Peters & The Dark Band - Us Against Them (single)

Formed in 2017, Vienna based ‘Mark Peters & The Dark Band’ release the second single ‘US AGAINST THEM’ from their upcoming album. Peters, originally from London, started out playing as a duo with drummer Fabian Natter in 2016. Bassist Markus Manahl joined the duo for the release of Peters’ first EP ‘Spirits’ in 2017. The line-up was completed in 2018 with guitarist Martin Burtscher stepping in to work on the second EP ‘Sum of all Parts’. Following two central European tours the group began to work on their first album, which is set for release in early 2021.

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Rob Vickers - Best Days of Our Lives (single)

Rob Vickers is no stranger to a stage and with over 25 years as an Irish & international singer he has the reputation and showmanship to back up that statement. His new single Best Days Of Our Lives is a reflective look back on youth & nostalgia and maybe a little insight into a young wide eyed 17 year old singer and dreamer from the small town of Wicklow getting swept up in the exciting Irish pub and club rock scene with late nights performing and the long journeys to the next venue. He  wanted to give the song that stadium anthem sound. It’s what the song deserved as it went from concept to reality.

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A Choir of Ghosts - Skin & Bones (single)

We need to make our way through the deep, thick, Scandinavian forest, into the wilderness until we reach A Choir Of Ghosts, fingerpicking the guitar to folksy vigorous tunes to long for. The front person, Sweden-based James Augers’ musical foundation: the soil, is through the reminiscence of Kurt Cobain, topped with the water, sun and air of The Tallest Man On Earth and Hollow Coves, making ACOG give you a feeling of all shades of nostalgia. A Choir of Ghosts has had a few singles since 2016 - "Morning Light" currently has over 1.4 million streams on Spotify, and the trend is rising - and released an EP that received international media coverage and carried him across the borders of the Swedish wilderness, among others on extensive tours through Central Europe.With the release of his widely acclaimed debut album “An Ounce of Gold” in April of this year, the Swede by choice was once again able to secure euphoric international press praise. After a spring European tour that was canceled due to Covid-19, “Skin & Bones” is the first musical sign of life from A Choir of Ghosts.

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Lasse Matthiessen - When We Collided (EP)

Having been writing since he was a child, Danish songwriter Lasse Matthiessen's latest treat for his listeners is an EP called When We Collided. A collection of elevated and bittersweet symphonies, the EP profoundly explores different themes through Matthiessen’s touching and sincere songwriting style. Filled with rich lyrical storytelling, each track oozes a deep sense of honest emotion and raw passion. Born in Copenhagen, and now living part-time in Berlin, Matthiessen writes music to share stories. Having recorded the EP in an old bunker in the Kreuzberg area, he didn’t want to be limited by the technical restrictions of a ‘cool’ studio, and felt that this venue suited his expressive and raw sound perfectly. Lasse Matthiessen has supported artists such as Suzanne Vega, Anna Calvi or Glen Hansard and he hopes to work his way into the listener's hearts with the latest collection of impassioned tracks.

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Cormac O Caoimh - Swim Crawl Walk Run

Cork's Cormac O Caoimh has released five albums to date, his reputation growing with each one. His latest offering Swim Crawl Walk Run follows up his previous release Shiny  Silvery Things from 2017 (we reviewed the album here). O Caoimh had reservations at first about releasing the album during the pandemic but thanks to the presale option on Bandcamp he was selling the album well already when the pandemic hit. Acknowledgments such as Album of the Week on RTÉ Radio 1, Marty Recommends on LYRIC FM , A- LE VILLAGE POP and KCLR FM are only a testament to O Caoimh's talent.

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Ghost of the Pine - Fall to December (single)

Ghost of the Pine is a Folk/Indie band based in Portarlington, Co.Laois, Ireland. Formed in 2018, playing the open.mic scene in Mullingar, Smiddys Bar ,Dublin, The International, Sin É, O'Donoghue's and The Patriot Inn (Jail Break Sessions), playing original sets of 4 to 5 songs. The first on Balcony TV Galway with Sky High and The Gust Sessions with Warm Like The Sun. 2019 saw the band recording their first single Warm like the sun with Echo and Wave studios by Stephen Youste. The single received a great radio support and following the success the band became 3 piece with Wayne Brereton on guitar and Adam Slattery on percussion and brought Ghost of the Pine back to the recording studio for the song Acrylic.Their latest release  Fall to December was recorded with Echo and Wave Studios,  with additional help from Charlotte Kelly on backing vocals and John Davidson of the band Cua on violin.

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Vox Deluxe - Right In Front Of You (single)

Vox Deluxe are a UK (Kent) based vocal group, featuring two former members of the now defunct band KRY. Pat Reilly and David Reilly are both vocalists and multi instrumentalists. Vox Deluxe are currently recording their debut album. Right In Front Of You is their second single.

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Aoibheann Carey - Philpott - Fragments of Joy (single)

Former front woman of critically acclaimed noughties band Jodavino; popular Gospel choir director; vocalist with new Celtic collective, Emerald on Ivory, Cork woman Aoibheann Carey-Philpott has been kept busy these past three years since her last solo release.Widely recognised for her unique voice and magnetic stage presence, the singer-songwriter returns with some powerful new music, as part of a self-described “raison d’etre” EP entitled Fragments of Joy.  The new release, a follow up to her previous single Overcome, is the title track.

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Reality Suite - Live at Alpha Wave Studios

There are very few female vocalists in rock music who really get your attention. Of course, there are likes of Amy Lee of Evanescence or the late Dolores O'Riordan coming to your mind when you think about it but then there are surprises. Kimmii Heart of Reality Suite is one of them. An incredibly powerful vocal that goes perfectly together with chosen genre, the singer has a great diction so you understand what she says and that's not always the case these days. Formed in 2009 in North Haledon, New Jersey by childhood friends Brian King (drums,) Antonio Valenti (bass,) and Joe Padula (guitars) – their ambitions have been to produce heavy, melodic rock. After several male and female vocalists, Kimmii Heart had joined in 2013 establishing the definitive line-up known today worldwide. They recently released a live album that captures the band in their best doing what they love the most.

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Lisa Gorry - Is It 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. Is It Me? is her debut EP and brings songs about love, loss and longing.

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