Has the singer-songwriter market reached saturation point? Can you longer stomach David Gray or Damian Rice warbling about lost love and regret. If you’re feeling this jaundiced then you could do an awful lot worse than check out the new LP from Cormac O Caoimhe.
It’s a wonderfully lush album that in no way strays toward the more tired aspects of the genre. O’Caoimhe is a classically trained guitarist from Cork who showcases here on his third solo album a wonderful ear for melody and a lovely turn of phrase.
You can hear hints of Steve Wall sneaking in on tracks like ‘Solid’ whilst opener ‘Maze of your Heart’ brings to mind some of the finer moments of the 4 of us. Make no mistake though, whilst other artists influence may be there O’Caoimhe is his own beast. The pacing of the album is for my money, perfect. It zips along with a verve and confidence without overstaying its welcome. The wonderfully jaunty ‘Similes and metaphors’ brings the 14 tracks to a close.
Its a immensly likable and pleasant album from an artist hitting his creative stride and one of the finest I’ve heard this year.
When the Dandy Warhols frontman is sitting up and taking notice then its a pretay, pretay fair indicator that you’re doing something right. When he says ‘Is this not the sickest and most totally believable heavy rock motherfucker ever’? then you definitely are making the kind of sound thats rocking the shit out of proceedings.
High praise indeed. Is Taylor after losing it? Has his ear for a song disappeared you might ask? A resounding no. He’s on the money , and when he got in touch with the Vincents after being blown away by their set at Sea Sessions, the resulting remix of their track ‘Song for the sea’ is pretty special. You can listen to it on the following link.
The Vincents will be kicking off a tour in October you can catch them here
OCTOBER 4: The Mercantile – Dublin – Hard Working Class Heroes Festival
OCTOBER 26: Whelans – Dublin (with The Minutes)
OCTOBER 31: De Barras – Clonakility
NOVEMBER 13: Workmans Club – Dublin (with The Telescopes)
NOVEMBER 14: Dolans – Limerick (with The Telescopes)
NOVEMBER 15: Crane Lane Theatre – Cork (with The Telescopes)
NOVEMBER 16: Pine Lodge – Myrtleville (with The Telescopes)
NOVEMBER 26: The Railway – Southend on Sea (with The Telescopes)
NOVEMBER 27: Mothers Ruin – Bristol
NOVEMBER 30: Water Rats – London (with The Telescopes)
DECEMBER 10: White Trash – Berlin
Cork’s Anna Mitchell has released the video for her new single Fall Like That. I reviewed the e.p. earlier this month and its a dinker of a track with a video that takes in the splendour of Fitzgeralds park and even fits in the shaky bridge. Check it out.
You can catch Anna live on her E.P tour later this month
What is a triptych? Tricky’s small fella, a clumsy child? Nope its a work of art that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. Triptych:2 also happens to be the the second installment in a trio of EPs released by Irish 5 piece The Hard Ground ahead of the their second album which is due out next year. .
The good news is it’s a stonker. New single ‘Deep in Green’ is a slow burner that has a deep resonating sound that slowly draws you in all wrapped in a sumptious vocal by Marlene Enright. It’s a seemingly uncomplicated yet assured effort that showcases an act comfortable in their own skin. The track breezes along and reels in the listener. Its a track that highlights the bands strength in meshing understated vocals with a slow thumping percussion and a kick of scratchy guitar. Very pleasant stuff indeed.
Good things come in threes apparently and on the evidence of this I cant wait for Triptych:3. The Hard Ground will be playing a series of Irish gigs to coincide with the EP’s release.
Sky and the Ground, Wexford
3rd October 2014
Hard Working Class Heroes Festival
8th October 2014
The Grand Social, Dublin – Double Headliner with Marc O’Reilly
9th October 2014
Coughlan’s Live Promotions presents The Hard Ground & Marc O’Reilly in The Oliver Plunkett, Cork
10th October 2014
Monroes Festival, Galway
16th October 2014
Imagine Festival, Waterford
17th October 2014
The Picnic has finished, the Pav has shut it’s doors and and the summer is over, boo.
If that hasnt left you seriously depressed and in need of a musical pick me up then look no further than Coughlans Live Music Festival 14. Picking up from last years wonderful effort the Douglas street venue is putting a six-day music spree which runs from the 24th to the 29th of September.
Amongst those featuring are Cork’s own Anna Mitchell who will be launching her debut E.P ‘Fall like that’. Local leeside legend Hank Wedel is in attendance and is launching a new single.
The Main draw of the festival line up include the irrepressible Jerry Fish and Cork’s nattive son, Mick Flannery, whose show on Saturday the 27th is a sell out. Waterford’s Katie Kim also joins the bill in a double headline show with Adrian Crowley.
There are a number of free performances throughout the festival including The Hot Sprockets, R.S.A.G, Booka Brass Band and the always wonderful John Blek & the Rats.
Full Line Up:
Hank Wedel Single Launch w/Special Guest Clare Sands
Tickets €10 (includes physical copy of single)
I Draw Slow
John Blek & The Rats
Anna Mitchell E.P. Launch w/Special Guest Malojian
Booka Brass Band
DJ in Penny Lane from 10.30pm
Mick Flannery w/Special Guests The Edisons (SOLD OUT!)
The Hot Sprockets
Silent Disco in Penny Lane from 10pm
Adrian Crowley and Kate Kim – Double Headline Show
Wallis Bird w/Special guest Joe O Leary
Festival Closing Party w/Special Guests