Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Autogramm - Mantra (single)

Autogramm, the synth-driven, power-pop trio from Chicago and Vancouver have released their sophomore LP “No Rules” and premiered a video for their latest single, “Mantra” created by award-winning director Shayne Ehman (METZ/Asphalt Watches). The track which features the refrain “Relax…Breath Deep…No Thinking…Repeat”, are testament to the times in which we live. Marx, bassist CC Voltage, and Chicago-based drummer The Silo, draw on influences from The Cars, The Go Go's, Gary Numan, 20/20 and Devo. Along with calling Canada, the U.S., UK and Germany home at various points, the band also has a long-standing connection to the art, punk, and skateboarding communities world-wide.

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SOMEFINN - Starlet's Dream (single)

SOMEFINN are an alternative rock band whose story begins where that of another band ends. Paul Finn was lead vocalist and songwriter for Irish Choice Music Prize Nominees The Flaws, who called it quits in 2016. Finn then took up an offer from Shane Clarke, to tour as guitarist with his band Elephant, with whom he played shows all over Ireland to rave reviews. During this two-year period, Finn built a studio in his hometown of Killanny, Monaghan. There, he began writing and recording what would become SOMEFINN’s debut album, ‘…Tsk, Tsk…’. The band’s line-up was completed when an accomplished roster of multi-genre veterans came onboard. David Marron (Sanzkrit, Derek Ryan), Paul Markey (Sanzkrit), Paul Carolan (Finnian) and Darren Finn, Paul’s brother, are to be found on guitars, bass, drums and keyboards respectively.

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Michael Lane - Good Times (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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Lorraine Nash - Sing with Her (single)

The independent release of her debut EP Wildflower in 2020 saw stunning newcomer and multi-instrumentalist, 21 year old Cork songwriter Lorraine Nash, quickly become one of the most played female artists on Irish radio. A spellbinding, live-streamed set at Cork Opera House in December by the Kerry singer songwriter led to her signing with FIFA Records, to release the first track, ‘Sing With Her’, from her impending debut long player.

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Hunter - Hungry Heart

HUNTER is a Melodic Hard Rock & AOR band from La Serena, Chile. HUNTER is starting to be considered as one of the best Rock bands in the AOR community, that’s why two important European Rock labels put their eyes on them. Danish “Lion’s Pride Music” and Italian “Frontiers”. Finally, HUNTER signed a deal with the danish label and their album called “Hungry Heart”  sees the light at the end of April 2021. It all started with their first namesake album which had 10 songs. 5 in English and 5 in Spanish. Ed Carabantes,frontman, tells us how it all happened:“HUNTER published their first album (which had to be deleted after signing with Lion’s Pride Music) on all digital platforms (Spotify, itunes, deezer etc.) in April 2018. After two weeks we got an email from a British Rock magazine “Fireworks Rock & Metal” interested in doing an interview, a review of our album and, apart from all that, they told us that one of our songs: “Somebody said love is a lonely Word” would be included as “Track 01” of the CD that came with the magazine. We couldn’t believe it” . A couple of months later, another british magazine, “POWERPLAY” published their review of Hunter’s first release describing both the band and the album as one of the best of the year 2018. Soon, ARFM radio based in London, started playing HUNTER’s songs in the “ The New and Unsigned Band Show ”, conducted by Mr Collin Noble.

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Zach James Douglas - Something /Anything (single)

Zach James Douglas is an indie/alternative producer, hailing from the South Dublin suburb of Tallaght, but brought up by a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps in any number of city centre dive bars. Having previously had the pleasure of playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Electric Picnic with former band “Little One”, Douglas now steps out alone for the first time, with his debut EP “6x3”. With musical elements reminiscent of Sylvan Esso, Grimes, Maribou State, and The Knife, "6x3" is a six track EP, featuring three guest vocalists and is the first of a trilogy of EP's -"6x3", "4x2" and "2x1", which are all due for release in coming 12 months.

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Blue Fish Diamond - Free (single)

Formed in 2016 by Jim Murphy, Blue Fish Diamond released their debut album From Dark to Light in 2018, which Hot Press Magazine described as “essential listening for those who like their music powerful and heartfelt”. Their music has been played on radio stations across Ireland and they're also a staple of the Irish live scene having played Electric Picnic, Whelans, The Workmans Club and The Grand Social to name a few.. With influences ranging from Tom Petty, R.E.M and Neil Young, Blue Fish Diamond bring a new delicately harmonic and refreshing take to a staple genre. Produced by Gavin Glass in Orphan Recording studios, the new single Free holds a mirror to the thoughts of many of us in voicing hopes for a return to normal life.

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Kandemic - Virus (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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Soda Blonde - In The Heat of The Night (single)

Soda Blonde was formed last year by four members of the critically acclaimed Little Green Cars, whose debut album (produced by Marcus Dravs) hit the Number One spot in Ireland and saw them gain a coveted spot on the BBC Sound Of poll. Their debut EP, Terrible Hands which was released at the end of last year. All four band members (O’Rourke, guitarist Adam O’Regan, drummer Dylan Lynch and bassist Donagh Seaver-O’Leary) are seasoned musicians, despite their youth. O’Rourke is the first to admit that when Little Green Cars called it a day, she felt lost. But a career shift for the four musicians wasn’t in the cards – and Small Talk is self-evident proof, different than anything the group have released before, but carrying on its back all the things they’ve learned.

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Ger Eaton - Hollow (single)

"Dad…why are you always hiding in a band. Release your own music." Still 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, is heeding this advice from his selfappointed A&R daughter, 18-year-old Jude.After the excellent response to Ger’s first solo single “I Thought I’d a Friend”, Jude is keen to keep the musical momentum flowing, with Ger’s new release, “Hollow”.Jude said, “I think this solo vibe is working well for you Dad... didn’t I tell you people would really dig what you do?” 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 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 until recently.

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