Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Like Mint - I Wish I Was Awake (EP)

The Berliner by choice Susi Wittig alias „Like Mint“ is originally from the mountainous Erzgebirge and grew up with music at an early age. She started learning the violin when she was 6 and played and sang in church choirs and school orchestras until she was a teenager. When she taught herself to play the guitar, she learned about the music of singer-songwriters and folk. While living abroad for a year in the United States, her love for this kind of music was solidified and carried over into her own way of writing.

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Dave Helgi Johan - Fair-Weather Friend (single)

Hailing from a small Icelandic community in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada. Dave Helgi Johan moved to Byron Bay in 2019 to actively pursue music full time as a solo musician while playing and collaborating with many local artists. Dave has played bass for local favorite Luke Morris and performs and records with Patrick O’Reilly among others. Dave has performed and toured for the last decade in countless acts. Recorded and released a handful of albums and music videos in past groups and has finally committed himself to a solo career. He has opened for the likes of Mac Demarco, Kim Churchill, PS I Love You and The Mowgli’s. He has played many music festivals including Canada Music Week, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Byron Bay Surf Festival, Arlie Beach Music Festival and more. His sound has been described Lofi Indie, Folk and Alt Country.

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Clara Tracey - Baby Witch (single)

Clara Tracey brings to her music “a libertarian, feminist and theatrical slant” (The Irish Times).Originally from county Fermanagh, she fell in love with the piano at a young age, however her music career took a detour when she chose to study Law and French in Belfast. It was only after moving to France and experiencing life in a Parisian law firm that she discovered a more artistic lifestyle and started performing in jazz cafes around Paris. In 2015, Clara moved back to Dublin and has since performed at Electric Picnic, Body&Soul and the leading Dublin venues under various names and guises. She has played with Aoife Nessa Frances, Maija Sofia and Paddy Hanna. Clara has also toured internationally, playing solo shows in Montreal, Paris, London and New York.

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Myles O'Reilly - Cocooning Heart

Myles O’Reilly is a musician, composer, and filmmaker from Dublin. Since first lifting a camera in 2010, multitasking O’Reilly has filmed, directed and edited over 100 music video promos and 20+ music documentaries of Irish musicians at home and abroad, some of which include Glen Hansard, Villagers, Imelda May, Lisa O’Neill, Ye Vagabonds, Sinead O’Connor and Lisa Hannigan, alongside other international artists such as Hollywood soundtrack virtuoso Ernst Reijseger, Icelandic artists Soléy, Múm, and Amiina, US soul phenomenon Janelle Monae, and UK folk trio The Staves. Early life as a working musician began for Myles in 2003 with the band Juno Falls. Signed for two albums by Sony UK and then V2 records, Juno Falls disbanded in 2010.

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Jaime Orr - What You Do To Me (single)

Exposed to bands like AC/DC and Audioslave from a very early age, playing guitar helped Jaime Orr to overcome major speech difficulties, allowing him to express himself beyond the use of words. It was a huge turning point and is the reason he has dedicated himself to a life in music. "The instrument is why I am able to articulate words the way I do now."  His music focuses on tough themes interspersed with positive messages - soft ballad type verses influenced by John Mayer combined with hard hitting guitar riff-based choruses inspired by grunge and hard rock bands such as Royal Blood and Nirvana. 

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Tracy Gallagher - Caves (single)

Mayo born singer- songwriter Tracy Gallagher is releasing a stunning new single and video 'Caves'. A  collaboration with Belfast based producer Michael Mormecha, Caves is a blend of Tracy’s rich, haunting vocals and  sharp and insightful song-writing style with the production mastery of Mormecha. The result of this partnership is a dark, unique and original piece of musicianship and artistry that serves to enthral, unsettle, move and beguile the listener. Poetic lyrics with threads of love, exploration, loss and hope combined with Mormecha’s production genius weave a rich and intriguing tapestry which captures the attention of the audience and holds it. Caves is ultimately about delving within, into the unknown, facing inner fears and challenges and consequently  finding meaning in the world.  

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Martin Praetorius - Out of this Town (single)

The Essen, Germany born singer-songwriter, has long been at home on the stages of the world and has toured Scandinavia, Ireland, England and Scotland, Greenland and the USA. He has been described as having an Irish heart and spent muchof his time living in Ireland sharing his passion for original music and songwriting. He’s gained a huge array of admirers for his talent including Fiachna Ó Braonain of the Hothouse Flowers, Matt McGinn and Ralph McClean to name but a few.

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Gavin Fox - If I Could Survive This (single)

Gavin Fox is an Irish singer-songwriter whose music empowers and uplifts. In the time and space of the 2020 lockdown, he discovered a hidden talent for storytelling through song. Emotions poured out from deep inside him, resulting in some of the most piercingly compelling and honest songs on the island of Ireland in the last year. His writing has already seen him receive national coverage from RTÉ, as well as Hot Press Magazine, Classic Hits 4FM, Red FM, Shannonside, KCLR and KFM, and international coverage from Music Crowns, YMX, London Peaky, Latin Post, Roadie Music Brazil and Nene’s Butler. Gavin Fox has been quietly building up a following as one of the songwriters to watch in Ireland in 2022.

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Driven Snow - Sunlight (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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Herald K - Arethusa (single)

How best describe Herald K as a musical artist? A Folk Noir singer/songwriter might just capture it. Born in Bergen, Norway, into a family of sailors, he soon set out for other shores, and has since lived in England, Sweden and Austria. His current centre of gravity: Vienna. While his lyrics may allude to ancient poets, they're often conveyed trough a simple 3-chord composition. Traces of Americana are there, yet it has a European feel too. If Leonard Cohen is an influence, Hank Williams and Ovid would have to be mentioned also. Herald K's uniqueness is his way of combining sources of inspiration such as these.

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