SONGS WE LOVED! 27 Nov-3 Dec 2023
An enchanting compilation of our favorite song releases!
Featuring Good Strangers, Mighty One, Lockyer Boys, Seán Parnell, Megan Nic Ruairí, Eighty Ninety, GRAYtheband, Four Faces, Mull Historical Society, Richard Walters, Charlie John, The Petal Falls, and Tetine
Good Strangers - War In My Head
Good Strangers' latest single, War In My Head, taken from their EP Adult Teenage Novels, dazzles with vibrant rhythms, shimmering guitars, and enchanting vocals, all woven into a soundscape that is both emotionally charged and sonically rich. Against a backdrop of profound lyricism, the song incorporates a nostalgic twist, infusing contemporary indie vibes with echoes of 90's rock and folk elements. The juxtaposition of the track's serious exploration of mental health battles with its lively rhythm and powerful energy creates a compelling contrast, transforming the feel-good soundscape into both a refuge and a battlefield.
Mighty One - Wake The Dead
Mighty One's debut single, Wake The Dead is a bittersweet anthem that skillfully merges 90's inspired guitars and electronics with ambient melodies, creating a lush soundscape that blends nostalgia with a contemporary sonic palette. Emma Kingston's emotive vocals take center stage, delivering a bittersweet narrative with a magnetic allure that intertwines perfectly with the rich instrumental layers, creating a dreamlike ambiance that draws you in.
Lockyer Boys - DRIVE
Photo credit: Chad Kirvan
Lockyer Boys' latest single, DRIVE bursts forth with a dynamic interplay of retro synths and lively, fast-paced production, exuding an intoxicating and feel-good pop sound. The brother duo, elucidates the thematic essence of DRIVE, emphasizing its resonance with the pursuit of opportunities, mirroring their own journey in the music industry. The song encapsulates a message of confidence, bravery, and dedication to one's full effort, aligning with the overarching theme of the Lockyer Boys, which centers around spreading positivity and inspiration.
Seán Parnell - What Can I Do
Seán Parnell's What Can I Do perfectly intertwines the rhythmic allure of R&B-inspired guitars with infectious pop melodies, creating a lush and dynamic soundscape. The instrumentals serve as the perfect backdrop for Parnell's gorgeous and emotive vocals to shine through, as he lyrically captures his frustration with Irish weather, offering an entrancing blend of emotive storytelling and genre-defying charm.
Megan Nic Ruairí - Twenty Two
In Twenty-Two, Megan Nic Ruairí harmoniously merges her deep-rooted connection to Irish traditional music with a modern sonic palette. Her vocals, tender yet evocative, serve as the guiding force within this majestic soundscape, pulling us into an intimate and nostalgic scenery.
Through a tender and romantic narrative, the song delicately explores moments of discovery and the enduring echoes of young love.
Eighty Ninety - Ruins
Ruins, the opening track from indie-pop duo Eighty Ninety's forthcoming self-titled debut LP set to drop on December 15th, embodies the duo's signature style. The song immerses us in a cascade of raw emotion and lush indie-pop production complemented by Abner's velvety smooth vocals.
Beyond its musical allure, Ruins is a poignant reflection on the past, laden with the weight of unmade choices and lingering 'what ifs.' Its thematic exploration delves into the ache of missed opportunities and unspoken words, echoing the duo's desire to contemplate the remnants of their youth and the personal ruins carried through life.
GRAYtheband - All Done
All Done by GRAYtheband's self-titled debut album, unfolds as a mosaic of alternative, neo-soul, and R&B. The seductive soundscape overflows with Gray's utterly warm and mellifluous vocals as he lyrically navigates the journey of overcoming a particularly challenging period in one’s life, delivering a highly immersive auditory experience that marries evocative musicality with lyrical depth.
Four Faces - The Circle
Four Faces' The Circle emerges as a vibrant indie folk rock anthem, channeling feel-good energy through musicality which mirrors the strength found in adversity. Through heartfelt vocals and compelling folk-rock instrumentation, Four Faces translate their personal challenges into a musical narrative, offering us a comforting embrace through the invigorating melodies of The Circle.
Mull Historical Society - Not Enough Sorry
Photo credit: Gordon Buchanan
Mull Historical Society, led by Scottish musician and novelist Colin MacIntyre, breathes life into the evocative words of American-Mexican author Jennifer Clement with the original score Not Enough Sorry. Mull, the architect of this majestic and breezy anthem, weaves together elegant piano melodies with spirited string arrangements, smoothly blending operatic vocal harmonies with invigorating choral hooks.
The riveting track is featured on his latest album, In My Mind There’s A Room, where Colin invited esteemed authors to contribute lyrical tales about rooms that held profound significance in their memories.
Listen to the full album here
Richard Walters - Philip Seymour Hoffman
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Richard Walters tenderly honors the late legendary actor Philip Seymour Hoffman with the soul-stirring track Philip Seymour Hoffman, taken from his sixth solo album, Murmurate. Walters, through his tender vocal delivery and emotive musical arrangements, crafts a heartfelt ode that transcends mere tribute, beckoning listeners into a dreamscape that mirrors the depth of Hoffman's cinematic legacy.
Listen to Walters' full album here
Charlie John - Cheer Up
Cheer up is an utterly radiant and feel-good anthem, that will give you the positive energy you need to conquer your day. Invigorating vocals and joyful melodies converge to create an exhilarating soundscape that truly stirs the soul.
This vibrant track is taken from up-and-coming singer-songwriter Charlie John's latest album CHARLIE, a musical exploration spanning acoustic pop, singer-songwriter, pop/rock, and dance genres, and explores themes ranging from mental health and unrequited love to romantic attraction, heartbreak, introspection, and the universal quest for a sense of belonging.
Listen to the full album, CHARLIE, here
The Petal Falls - The Rhythm Train
The Petal Falls' The Rhythm Train is everything you need to brighten up your day and lift your spirits! Taken from their upcoming album with the same name scheduled for digital release in 2024 this single is a powerful fusion of rock and pop influences that brims with an addictive rhythm, fervent vocals, and an unbridled energy that guarantees to take you to new heights of musical ecstasy.
The Rhythm Train album is now available on CD, order here
Tetine - Music for Breathing
Tropical mutant punk funk duo TETINE's Music For Breathing is a deeply transfixing anthem that transfers listeners into a dreamy electro-acoustic universe, weaving cello, treated voices, electronics, and organ into a cosmic ode to our eroding planetary ecosystem. The accompanying video beautifully portrays Earth's ancestral future, emphasizing the interconnectedness of non-human elements in a slow, poetic allegory against the dominance of humans and capitalism.