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.
The second GoldenPlec Select on In Colour on RTÉ’s 2XM featured yours truly talking in-depth on Derry’s spacy, mountain-inspired dream-tracks from the wonderfully named ‘Comrade Hat’.
The segment features a chat on using synths to create modern music, and how the style has changed since its early 90s prominence.
Presenter Darren Cleary and I delve into Comrade Hat’s peaceful influences and samples, the influences of orchestra, ‘The Beach’ and escapism. You can listen the Comrade Hat’s EP ‘The Winter Takes It All’ below, and all our rambling on the podcast, here.
This Week’s Other Highlights:
Here are some other highlights from the past two weeks of James’ inbox:
Jamie Duff – This Dublin singer-songwriter kindly gave us a preview of his soon to be released self-titled EP, which we can’t play for you just yet (it’s not out until next month), but it sounds like an Irish folk form of Jack Johnson on a particularly emotional day. There’s definitely a nice summer vibe, if not quite the happy buzz of flawless ecstasy that tends to constitute summer tracks. Think smart guitars, a softly seductive vocal and some tender topics. Jamie will be avoiding us on the streets of the capital after that description. You’ll have to make do with this for now, though:
The 13th of April’s second GoldenPlec Select on In Colour on RTÉ’s 2XM featured GP mag co-editor James Hendicott talking in-depth on Donegal’s manic celtic punk/ sea shanty/ The Fall inspired rebels The Pox Men, and their self-titled debut album (listen to the album here)
The segment features chat on Celtic punk’s odd status in Ireland, and where The Pox Men’s messy yet compelling style fits into the scene.
Presenter Darren Cleary and James delve into The Pox Men’s summery Christmas antics, their pirate-style vocals, the origins of that name and what’s so intriguing about all this bog-focused weirdness.
The first GoldenPlec Select on In Colour on RTÉ’s 2XM ran on the 30th of March, and featured yours truly talking Hudson Taylor on the day of the release of their album ‘Singing For Strangers’ in the UK.
The segment features a brief potted history of the brothers, followed by album closer ‘Off The Hook’ from the debut album, and discussion of the rest of the record. You can listen back here, from about the 15 minute mark.
Presenter Darren Cleary and I touch on Hudson Taylor’s move to London, early record label attention, busking days and the strength of the less-touted half of ‘Singing For Strangers’.
I’ll be appearing on In Colour every two weeks, with the next review due to take place on the 8pm show on Monday 13 April.
To submit music for review on the show email track links and a bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will listen to it all, but cannot realistically reply 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. 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!