Few Irish scenes excite us more than the under touted world of feisty instrumental post-rock.
And So I Watch You From Afar, God Is An Astronaut, Enemies, the fantastic (and sadly now defunct) Adebisi Shank… the list of outstanding acts Ireland has in this particular area is something too infrequently acknowledged.
Newcomers Leo Drezden aren’t quite up with their Wicklow counterparts just yet. God Is An Astronaut, despite being criminally underrated here in Ireland, often play huge shows globally, while Enemies are the very cliche of ‘big in Japan’ when it’s not intended as sarcasm.
This fellow Wicklow act interested us, though, as they’re gorgeously textured and nuanced, exploring seemingly disparate worlds of jazz and sharp, layered rock in a colourful melting pot.
Listen to GoldenPlec mag co-editor James Hendicott sing their praises on GoldenPlec Select on 2XM last Monday, here.
Leo Drezden play GoldenPlec’s monthly Workman’s Club gig GoldenBeck this Thursday.
Here are a few other acts that grabbed us over the last fortnight, but didn’t quite make the show:
RiZA – Kabembe
Featuring members of Loah and incredibly Congolese-born, Irish-based guitarist Niwel Tsumbu (who’s albums everyone should buy, they’re a perfect Sunday afternoon chill out), Kabembe explores Tsumbu’s heartwrenching recent personal life in his native Lingala. The lyrics are about Tsumbu’s recent discovery that his 14 year old son isn’t biologically his; the touching melodies amongst the best things we’ve heard this year. We’ll certainly be talking about the album, which is due in October.
Great White Lies
Drawing influences from jazz, choral music and soul, Great White Lies stick in the memory for sharp vocals and lush harmonies. Also associated with (but very different to) last fortnight’s GoldenPlec Select act Comrade Hat, this Derry/ Donegal act are a blast of summer sunshine:
A West Cork singer-songwriter with a hefty electric guitar bent, Corey Marci’s dark-tinged guitar anthems sound straight from the 90s to us, and have a certain simplistic class to them. Dig into ‘Nickled and Dimed’ below:
James will be appearing on In Colour every two weeks, with the next review due to take place on the 8pm show on Monday 8 June.
To submit music for review on the show email track links and a bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will listen to it all, but cannot realistically reply to or provide feedback on every submission. As we’ll be talking extensively about a single record, we can only consider albums and EPs to feature on GoldenPlec Select, not individual tracks, though we will include individual tracks in the submission highlights. Please do not send large attachments as they’ll end up being blocked by our web server. We look forward to hearing from as many bands as possible!