Soundcloud sounds: Toby Kaar, Sacred Animals remix

I’m not too sure how this one almost passed me by, but Toby Kaar has a new remix on his Soundcloud, this time of the Sacred Animals track Wired, Islands. What I love about Toby’s remixes is that they’re never what you expect – there are twists and turns, jolts and jerks and moments when you think you’re being brought down one path only to end up somewhere else. The focus starts off on the falsetto vocals and shimmery synths before blossoming into a riotous and colourful explosion of noise.  It’s somewhat ironic that the vocals feel downbeat but they’re … Continue reading Soundcloud sounds: Toby Kaar, Sacred Animals remix

State vs…Sweet Oblivion

Hey folks, if you’re out and about in Dublin tonight and hankering for some live music to go with your beer, then pop along to the Mercantile on Dame St for some State vs Sweet Oblivion action. The lovely folk at State (where I have contributed articles over the past couple of years) asked me did I want to do one of their State vs…gigs and I was only delighted to take part. Unfortunately, Laura Sheeran, who I had asked to play the gig, had to drop out due to a family illness, so we will be without her wonderful … Continue reading State vs…Sweet Oblivion

Agnes Obel

I’ve already waxed lyrical about my love for Dustin O’Halloran‘s latest album, Lumiere, and I’ve gotten such a buzz out of hearing from other people who’ve fallen for it too. It’s a work of beauty, check it out. Here’s another album that I fell for last year and seeing as its creator is playing in Dublin this April, it’s only fair that I tell you more about it. This time, it’s a Danish musician, Agnes Obel, who has created songs that make my heart weep. Her album Philharmonics, was released in 2010 and has slowly but surely nestled itself into … Continue reading Agnes Obel

Beaucoup de fantastique musique to enjoy at le Cork French Film Festival

Malheureusement pour my corny headline, but I had to throw a little bit of my (terrible – I used to be good at it years ago!) French into the post. If you’re in Cork this weekend, there are some wonderful events taking place as part of the city’s French Film Festival, which I detail below. Even better, there will be DJs after the events, including Cork DJs John Barry and John Hennessy on the Saturday night. The line-up for this festival is really eclectic and proof of what happens when event programmers really think outside the box. Trés bien! (I’ll … Continue reading Beaucoup de fantastique musique to enjoy at le Cork French Film Festival

Dustin O’Halloran – Lumiére

This album is breaking my heart already.  Released on the FatCat label, Lumiére is a piano-based record that not only features the ACME string ensemble (they’ve worked with Grizzly Bear, Nico Muhly and more) but was mixed by Johann Johansson and has Peter Broderick on violin and Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid on guitar. Dustin O’Halloran started playing piano at the age of 7 and I’m sure by now he’d be able to make a stone man weep by brushing a finger against one key. I don’t know what it is about the piano but the depth of … Continue reading Dustin O’Halloran – Lumiére