Every so often someone sends me a track that I simply can’t get out of my head. I end up interviewing the artist, playing them on the radio and generally extolling their virtues in a way that’s possibly a little bit over the top, but hey, that’s part of loving music, right?
This month’s MAP offering is just such a track, by Aine Duffy. You’ll have to scroll down all of one post to find an interview I did with Aine a few weeks back; she has a fantastic voice, a great eye for videos and one of the most interesting song writing styles I’ve come across in pop (or at least a vaguely pop-like bent) in a very long time. I think she’s going to go big, so why not introduce her to the world a little?
Get a free download of Aine’s biggest single to date, ‘Won’t Go’ and fifteen other tracks from around the world, below.
Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 16-track compilation through Dropbox here.
IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
Áine Duffy – Won’t Go
Won’t Go is the lead single from With Bells On, the debut album by sublime Cork indie/power-pop singer Áine Duffy. Duffy’s just starting out, but has already picked up passionate fans in the United States and Switzerland. She’s all set to take Ireland by storm, starting with the stomping emotional melodies of this hook-laden piece of pop brilliance.
Blito y Los Intermitentes – A Donde Vas
Blito y Los Intermitentes released their debut album, Nada, independently this year. Led by singer-songwriter Blito Dojtman, the band’s sound usually starts in acoustic form and then takes different paths through rock, pop and even tango. If you like A Donde Vas, you can download the whole album from Bandcamp.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Australia – Who R U?
Contrary to popular belief, winter exists in Australia. Escaping from the cold is easy – we turn to home brewing and gregarious electro-pop. Australia (the band) are striding in the same disco patriotism line of outfits like Total Giovanni and Client Liaison. Cue the energetic side-strut – it’s all anthemic beats and Roxy Music guitar frills in view here. Unless you’re allergic to having a good time, it’s hard not to like this track. The Sydney trio’s debut album, Portraits Of People, Places And Movies, is out in August.
CANADA: Ride The Tempo
Men I Trust – Again (feat. Ghostly Kisses)
Montreal electronic collective Men I Trust collaborated with Ghostly Kisses in a beautiful electronic-infused ballad called Again. Local collaborations are huge here in Canada and this one is just so perfect.
CHILE: Super 45
Alejandro Zahler – Waltz Número 7
Instrumental, dreamlike and atmospheric music is what Alejando Zahler does. His first album has a charming, homey, kind sound. The musician and producer played all the instruments (guitars, synths, bass, among others) and recorded the tracks at AZT Estudios. Not wanting to play the album live has made this project even more personal.