Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Ruby Moss - Stranded (single)

Ruby  Moss turned 14 years old on Monday 26th July 2021 – the same day that her first original song was released across digital platforms. Ruby’s Song entered the iTunes charts the same day as its release and went to number 1 on the following day.  Ruby is originally from Trim, County Meath.  Ruby and her mum moved to Cabra in Dublin when Ruby started in St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir School.  Ruby ended up in the choir school because it was the closest school to her mum’s work and Ruby loved music.  Ruby had been learning piano with Bernadette Belton in Trim and had been attending Musical Theatre Classes with Carmel McKiernan in Limelight Theatrics before starting in the choir school.

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Lauren Ann - Lucy (single)

Northern Ireland alt indie-pop artist Lauren Ann, who signed with label Faction Records the same day she left school, releases her first single with the label, called  'Lucy'. Having built a following with songs she released herself while still in school, Lauren Ann began working with producer Declan Legge (Jealous of the Birds, Ciaran Lavery), who helped shape her raw songwriting talent into fully realised productions. By the summer of 2021, music was clearly Lauren Ann’s destiny and she put plans to study law on pause and signed to Dublin label Faction (James Vincent McMorrow, All Tvvins, Sorcha Richardson).

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Dream Eyes - Heaven (single)

Dream Eyes is the artistic alias of Tadhg Collins, originally from Limerick, currently based in Dublin. Taking inspiration from a diverse range of genres such as dream pop, indie rock, and classical music, Dream Eyes is less about fitting into genres, and more about a passion for exploring sounds, and how they express nuances of emotion. That said, various artists like The Strokes, Gorillaz, Bloc Party, Kanye West, The Growlers, Caroline Rose and Charli XCX find themselves in the DNA of his music.

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Waters Edge - Call It Fate (single)

Twin sisters Katie and Aoife Lynch from Duleek in County Meath, Ireland, have both been singing since they could talk but it was only in 2013 when at the encouragement of family, friends and teachers, they began to sing and perform together as a musical duet. In 2017 they began busking in Dublin city and quickly built up a very strong, supportive following. On the strength of this support they released an EP entitled 'Follow our Dream' on CD which included 2 original tracks as well as some of their busking favourites. A love of songwriting was born!

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4,000,000 Telephones - Hard Man (single)

Formed in 1983 and now nearly forty years on, 4,000,000 Telephones re-engage with some previously unreleased material that is as relevant today as when it was recorded back in the eighties. The five surviving members of the original line-up have been listening through the band’s archives and have decided that it’s entirely appropriate to release the previously unheard track, 'Hard Man' recorded in 1986.

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Trouble Pilgrims - The Old Days (single)

Formed in 2013 with the intention of continuing the legacy of The Radiators from Space but with a main focus on recording and performing brand new material the band have certainly lived up to that mantra. To date Trouble Pilgrims have released three singles, the much-lauded double A side debut of Animal Gang Blues c/w Who Do You Love?  which was followed in 2015 by Instant Polaroid (The Man on The Bridge). The band recorded their debut album over the summer of 2017 and the resulting work ‘Dark Shadows and Rust’ received its worldwide release to widespread acclaim on Chiswick Records via Ace on 27th October 2017 with a limited edition 180g red vinyl version released in January 2018.

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Paro Pablo - Obey (single)

Paro Pablo is a working class hip-hop artist from Finglas on the northside of Dublin. In the early days Pablo was the frontman of two bands D’n’D & Low Profile, where he learned his trade enjoying moderate success in a time where Irish hip hop simply wasn’t acceptable . After a couple of tours, sold out shows and major support slots such as : Aslan, Hoodie Allen and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, he decided to hang up the mic in 2014. Writing was always an escape mechanism for Pablo, So 2019 would be the year he decided to dust off the mic.

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Raging Sons - Square One (single)

Hot on the heels of an RTÉ 2FM Track Of The Week with previous release ‘Breathe Easy’, Limerick four-piece Raging Sons are keeping the momentum with their new single ‘Square One’. With debut album ‘20:20’ set for release on October 22nd *, ‘Square One', mastered by Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Sam Fender, Nothing But Thieves) is their fourth recent single, and a fire-starter. “We like to think about the ‘history’ of our songs, their story and musical evolution * from one to the next,” explains Adam Reeves, the band’s drummer. “And this song… this is the sound we were striving for, all through the process recording of our album.”

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Michael Lane - Ladybug (Sunset Mix) (single)

If there is a modern folk-pop artist who has seen the harsh realities in life, it is Michael Lane himself. As a US soldier in his twenties, sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael was forced to live at cruelty . Successes such as two top 50 songs in the German charts, four albums, international tours and the single "Liberty" as the official song of the 2015/2016 Four Hills Tournament, Europe’s biggest international ski jump event, have made Michael Lane, a German-American, known to the public. In addition to his work as a musician, Michael Lane is currently also active as a songwriter for production music and as a music producer in his remote "Studio Waldblick“.

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

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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