Saturday, 29 April 2017

Single: John Hynes - Caroline, I'm Yours

John Hynes - Caroline, I'm Yours

Info: Originally from Leixlip, Dublin-based singer-songwriter John Hynes has just released his debut single, 'Caroline, I'm Yours'. Having spent many years operating in other bands, most recently The Grand Wake, Hynes has struck out on his own. An official launch night for the new single will take place in the Vintage Room at The Workman's Club, Dublin, on the 20th of May.

'Caroline, I'm Yours' glows from start to finish, it's warm and recreates a scarily authentic mid to late 60's atmosphere. Hynes' vocals are perfectly matched to the music, a plodding yet calming bass-line, twangy guitars, and nuanced but multi-layered percussion wrap around you like a balmy summers evening from days long gone by. While his vocals don't touch on any of them, except perhaps the last in this list, the pervading tone conjures Scott Walker, Roy Orbison and Tim Buckley. There will undoubtedly also be comparisons to Father John Misty, one which is definitely audible in Hynes' vocal, but that would be to miss the woods for the trees, and future releases will no doubt confirm this. Very few, if any, Irish acts are dabbling in recreating baroque pop, and it's going to be intriguing to see where John Hynes goes from here.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Playlist: Remy's Best of International Playlist - Issue #7

Ponette Freak Oslo
Oslo's Ponette

Info: It's always nice to dip our toes (ears?) into what's happening on the independent music scene outside of Ireland, fresh perspectives and all that. I think Playlist #7 is easily my favourite so far, I've been listening to it non-stop the last week on the way to work. There's a really nice mix of edgy indie, alternative rock, folk, electronic pop and more. A big chunk comes via the U.K., which is not unusual but not that common either, four London acts, one from Nottingham and another from Glasgow, as well as music from Scandinavia, New Zealand and the U.S.. Trust me, it's all good here, enjoy.

London duo Saint's Patience

Track Listing:

Childcare           'Film Club'            (London)
Ha the Unclear 'Big City'              (New Zealand)
Gallery 47          'Lefty'                  (Nottingham)
Catholic Action 'Doing Well'          (Glasgow)
Black Fly           'I Don’t Know'       (Vermont)
Ponette             'Freak'                  (Oslo)
Haides             'Need This'            (London)
Inca Maps         'That Wasn’t Easy'  (London)
Eda Wolf           'Rough Terrain'       (Finland / USA)
Saints Patience 'Taste Of You'         (London)

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Live: EllyD & The DC Experiment - Double-Headliner 'Lucky' Single Launch

Lucky Launch Elly D & The DC Experiment

ELLYD - Lucky

Info: Irish artists ELLYD & The DC Experiment release their 1st singles of 2017, and both are coincidentally titled 'Lucky'! They decided to take this unique opportunity and celebrate their single launches together with a double-headliner in the wonderful surroundings of the MVP bar in Harold's Cross, Dublin, this Saturday, 29th of April.

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Admission: Donation.

The DC Experiment - Lucky


ELLYD (Elaine Doyle) has been a stalwart on the Irish music scene under the guise of various music projects for some time before deciding to undertake a solo venture and recorded her debut EP 'Rise' in 2016, debuting her new material in Berlin, followed by a string of gigs in Ireland culminating in a launch gig in The Workmans Club. 

The EP has been highly acclaimed for its consistently strong songs, blending Blondie-style vocals with a modern pop feel. 'Rise' reached number 8 in the iTunes charts and has been played on various national and local radio stations. 

ELLYD started 2017 recording new material and has just released her brand new single called 'Lucky'.


The DC Experiment release their first song of 2017, the electronically-tinged 'Lucky', following on from the chilled out singles 'Wings of Dust' and 'Freewill' in 2016. Starting life as an acoustic reggae style song, 'Lucky' soon found itself as a regular live favourite and begged to be recorded. The experimenters stumbled upon electronic producer Derek Maher, upped the tempo to 160bpm and 'Lucky' began a new life.