Irish duo Graham Davy have released their third single, “Fear”.
This hopeful song draws on dark experience. Its chilled and catchy exterior belie a tale of personal struggle;. A murder ballad where we stalk and kill fear.
The seed for the song emerged from Patrick O’ Keeffe’s writing sessions at his home studio. Patrick has spent many many hours using music as an outlet to find balance. Some people hit the gym, others write gems, like this one (as above).
His close friend and collaborator: David Ruth, a lifelong musician, and devotee to the craft of songwriting, was intrigued.
And so the seed grew, with due attention from the two.
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All tracks by Graham Davy feature the exceptional abilities of nationally renowned drummer/percussionist/composer/ all round nice guy: Tommy Gray.
All artwork/branding comes from the talented eyes and gifted fingers of graphic design maestro: James Loughman.
All tracks are mixed and mastered by the watchful ears of multitalented producer/engineer/dude Scott Halliday.
Graham Davy are song writing duo Patrick O'Keeffe (vocals, guitar and keys) and David Ruth (bass and backing vocals). Their lyrics try to find humour and hope in harsh places. Their style draws on a broad set of influences such as Tame Impala,Blur, David Bowie and The Doors, to name a very few.
The duo released two singles this year, garnering the attention of John Barker at 98fm, and becoming featured Irish Artist of the week on Ed Smith’s Song of Praise on Today FM.
From the furthermost regions of Romania... From the mountainous peaks of Scotland... From the darkest corners of a Boards.ie forum... comes a band desperately trying to create new music together whilst practicing social distancing due to the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic….
Founding members Ally Pender and Alex Burcea met whilst in another band and found there was a creative spark when they worked together. They decided to form their own project in the summer of 2018. They spent the next year writing songs & auditioning band members. The current lineup was completed when Evan Cassidy, James O’ Gorman & Shane Waldron joined in June 2019.
Legend says if you took Muse, The Editors, The Killers and Manic Street Preachers and baked them into a cake at 180 degrees you would create not only a lawsuit, but something that bears a mild resemblance to Afterbliss.
Afterbliss spent the first 18 months of their existence writing songs, recording demos and shaping their sound based on their collective influences. Melodic rock is how they best describe their sound, taking notes from the aforementioned bands and creating a style that is uniquely theirs.
In September 2020, Afterbliss entered Windmill Lane Recording Studio to begin recording sessions with producer Alan Kelly. They released their debut single in November 2020 'Until Sunrise'. Until Sunrise was well received by fans and critics and received radio play on many local and national stations.
Their follow up single was 'Kiss & Tell'. Kiss & Tell has the same indie pop genes as Until Sunrise but with a darker undertone. Driving drums and bass help underpin catchy vocal melodies while the guitars and synths pack their own punch.
Now, the band has just released their third single 'Remnants'. A dynamic and complex track blending together a wide array of musical genres, from classical to dance. Remnants will take you on a journey as it’s galloping verse morphs into a chorus that will have you on your feet. All while retaining the classic Afterbliss melodic undertones.
Kilkenny/Ireland based singer and multi-instrumentalist Ali Comerford has just released her second single 'Knots' and is announcing her debut album, of the same name, which will be released everywhere on 29th July 2021.
Having toured the world performing Viola in classical ensembles for 14 years, Ali moved back to Kilkenny in 2020 and has recorded her debut album of original folk based but classical influenced songs.
About the song 'Knots' Comerford says "Knots is a song I wrote about anxiety, something we all struggle with at one time or another. At the time, I was going through a stage of intense anxiety. I worried about the fact that I hadn’t released any music, about whether people would enjoy my songs or not and also overanalyzed every little thing I had ever done wrong. I wasn’t sleeping properly and found I was lying awake at night replaying old conversations and feeling ashamed and embarrassed. Anxiety is an extremely isolating thing because when you’re in it, you believe that you are the only person who feels like this. I think it’s powerful when people can speak about their own struggles and maybe eventually it will help us all feel less alone."
Born and raised in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, Ali started playing and studying classical music at the age of 4. After obtaining a Masters of Violin Performance from London's Royal College of Music, she relocated to New York, completing a Masters of Music in Viola Performance at the Manhattan School of Music on scholarship.
Ali’s journey in music has seen her grace the likes of New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Dublin’s National Concert Hall. She has toured the world with Lincoln Center Stage, playing sold out shows around Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
After years as a freelance musician for various string ensembles and chamber orchestras in New York, January 2020 saw Ali come home to her native Jenkinstown in Co. Kilkenny. Faced with her biggest stretch of free time in 14 years, Ali used her artistry to process and bring closure to the various ups and downs of life she experienced during her time traveling the world with her craft.
Ali has spent the last decade of her life playing other peoples' music and the time has come to share some of her own. She wrote, sang, played and produced every note on the album, finally exploring the full scope of her musicality. The single was recorded at Crossroads studio Kilkenny with recording and mixing engineer Shane Tobler.
The brainchild of Dominican artist Diego Guerrero, El Di3go embraces the positive aspects of life in his new single ‘Shore’. Inspired by the sounds of Michael Jackson, 2Pac, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar, he draws together pop, hip hop and reggaeton creating a genre-defying and boundary-breaking sound.
At only 10 years old, Germany-based El Di3go became interested in music listening regularly to pop and rap artists. He took to pursuing his dream of becoming a musician by writing music and rapping at age 15 and forming the boyband Habama Brothers at age 16. Since then, Diego adopted a DIY approach and started producing, mixing and mastering his own material. Noting the importance of writing his own music, he has released 7 original singles on Spotify, 2 music videos on YouTube and gained over 135K Spotify streams.
With a melody in his head and a song in his heart, Diego uses music as a catharsis and means of escapism where he can feel free and be himself. Using steady beats with interspersed guitars, the recently released ‘Shore’ is a rich and harmonic expression of hopeful optimism. Combining contemporary pop with cleverly arranged hip hop styles, Diego showcases innovativeness, eclecticism and a tender warmth in the toe-tapping tune.
“’Shore is about not complaining about life and showing more gratitude instead. You should do what you think is right and also stand by what you do and be responsible for your actions. The message of the song is to believe in yourself and hence be able to achieve anything. I wanted to write the song to remind people and myself of how beautiful life can be.” – El Diego on ‘Shore’
tea henny has just released his new song 'hey cutie <3' inspired by a text message title he received
TEA HENNY is a British indie, R&B and pop artist. Early influences included Outkast, Gorillaz and Jack Johnson. Later, inspiration came from Frank Sinatra, Mac Miller and Prince.
At eight and a half, with an ‘84 strat, Tea launched his musical career. He learnt to write and sing songs and crafted his musical ear. He co-founded the Bourne Bap rap collective and performed at sold-out club events as DJ producer and small-time rapper around the UK.
At 19, he moved to London and Abbey Road Institute to pursue big-time producer dreams. He learnt a bunch, but never enough about the music industry. Tea produced notable sessions and released three neo-soul records with Dayo Bello, amassing over 500k streams. Now, focused on developing personal artistry, and thanks in great part to the Abbey Road team, the tools of music creation became increasingly transparent. Tea learnt to channel imagination, through voice and instrumentation, free from restrictions of technical incompetence.
In 2020, Tea Henny has released his first two solo singles, formed alt-rock project staring at the ceiling, and has more recently been working on music videos, photo shoots and selling merchandise.
Tea has kept himself busy during Covid-19 with mixing, mastering and structuring upcoming releases. His latest track is a text message title called 'hey cutie <3', which was released on 13th May 2021.
"This song was inspired by the pulse of 'Men I Trust', a Canadian indie pop band from Canada, I recorded a drum loop. A year later, I layered up the guitar. Chords, percussion, distorted riffs and bass. The song is about caring for someone and not receiving that same care in return".
The Jonah Medal take a nose-dive into confessional 70’s Lennon via the folk- rock of the Waterboys with their new single ‘From M to M’, which is out today.
Continuing his theme of reflection, Bjorn Baillie continues to write sketches of a 40-something life through the lens of family, friendship and fatherhood. About the song Ballie says “The last single ‘Septembering’ was about that journey as a couple from early days straight through to family and all that brings. This song is like the impatient foot-tap of midlife - eager to keep pushing and creating”.
Recorded in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles and Nick Cave’s studio in Brighton, this song sounds like a lost-70’s classic with an instantly memorable piano intro and life-affirming lyric. Founded in Brighton, UK in 2020, The Jonah Medal began as a creative mission for Baillie to challenge his own forward musical progression, turn backwards and deeply inwards, and embrace the familiar. “Having written for many years for a band who needed singles and album tracks, The Jonah Medal is my finally feeling comfortable addressing the issues in my own life, in my friends’ lives, and the lives of my peers.”
Bjorn Baillie Baillie’s own creative journey had taken him around the world once already with his hometown band La Rocca. He spent his 20’s with them signing a major record deal, posting up in LA and touring with the likes of Phoenix, Jet, Silversun Pickups, and more. While based in LA, Baillie logged countless hours collaborating with artists of every genre; in the process, cultivating a deeply personal connection with the musical legacy, the lifestyle and the inhabitants of the legendary Laurel Canyon neighbourhood. There is a through-line from Baillie’s “Laurel Canyon period” into the new music of The Jonah Medal – the bare honesty and humanity of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, the soulful lyricism of Crosby, Stills and Nash and the humour of Randy Newman – these are the themes that Baillie knew he needed to express in this new body of work, with the new-found perspective and experience of a well traveled artist and a father.
“I’m asking my own generation if they’re okay. Mid-life is here for so many of us. With older parents and young children… we’re the generation squeezed in the middle trying to hold it all together. THATS what I’m addressing, all following my lead to serve the song, with sincerity and warmth.” The Jonah Medal reflects the musical and lyrical themes explored by Baillie throughout his career, injected with the clarity and heart of a man living a truly full life. Weathered optimism, clear-eyed understanding, the highs and lows of relationships, and adulthood, all represented in the lyrics, the sounds and the fabric of this music. “We had no maps or detailed instructions, we started out as new…"
This artist cannot be pigeonholed musically – and he doesn’t want to either. “Music has to inspire” – that is the motto of KrizRok.
KrizRok grew up in a musical family in Bavaria, Germany. He learned to play the piano at the age of five and formed his first band when he was just thirteen. At this point, Kriz was completely addicted to music and knew he wanted to go this path and become a musician.
In addition to his school education and subsequent studies, he works as a studio and live guitarist supporting various formations where he has already played well over 1000 concerts.
Kriz has also been active as a producer since 2005 and has gained experience in song writing and music production, which he is now incorporating into his own projects. “Modern songs and lyrics paired with classic sounds” are his flagship.
He used the Corona break to work on his own songs and was supported by experienced friends and fellow musicians.
In September 2020 his debut single “Feeling” was released. On May 14th 2021 Kriz released the new single “Welcome to my Show”. Further song releases and a live program are planned for 2021.
lines of flight releases their third single 'heading out to you' from their 'signs of life’ collection - 10 tracks with 10 videos in 10 months
Lines of Flight are Matthew Henderson and Helen Whale, an electronic dreampop duo from Leeds. Having been strangers previously, they connected online in lockdown in 2020 and wrote and recorded 10 tracks together, remotely.
Throughout 2020, they each recorded their respective vocals completely separately from each other and wrote and programmed the instrumentation on their iPhones. They have never played a gig or performed live together, but just over a year since first connecting online, their third single 'Heading Out To You' has just been released.
Their 'Signs of Life' album is a collection of 10 songs recorded by the duo under the constraints of lockdown in 2020. Each track is released with an accompanying video, also made on a phone, by a filmmaker, to reflect how the duo wrote & recorded the songs.
‘Heading Out To You’ is the third single that the duo is releasing in the series of 10 that will ultimately form the Signs of Life collection / album. It’s a bittersweet dreampop track about yearning for escape, and it blends dense layers of atmospheric synths with dreamy, melancholy vocals and 80s-resonant piano.
Of the track’s origins, Matthew writes: "This song came about following a drive out to the north-east coast. I was reminded of driving up Sutton Bank in the snow, in a wonderful old car that my dad drove - a 1970’s
Datsun Laurel. It felt so luxurious! At the time I was driving to a party and all the anxieties of that I had as a teenager, but in the song I reposition it to be my final drive to reach my dad - to be reunited with him, in his car - to travel to the ‘other side’ as referenced in the song (which in itself is a reference to the ‘why did the chicken cross the road’ joke – the dark existential humour of ‘to get to the other side’, always appealed to me). I did this by remembering that when I was driving to the party I nearly crashed - which I then reframed as a means to reaching my dad."
Dublin singer/songwriter Sean X has just published his new single, “XXX.” The single is the first release off his upcoming EP “Life of a Lonely Pirate” expected this July 2021.
With moody synths and hypnotizing vocal melodies that sit atop a driving beat, Sean X tells the story of the aftermath of a toxic relationship.
Sean X says, “My freedom was gone. I couldn't be myself anymore. The song is about the stage of realizing my self-worth and reconnecting with myself. Breakups during a pandemic are hard as there’s very little distractions to help you through it, but I did have time to learn about myself again.”
The song signifies an evolution in Sean’s music, maturing into the next stage of his journey. He also says that his true image and brand became clear during this pandemic and that music has kept him going throughout it.
The new chapter signifies living by his own pirate code, which encompasses freedom, adventure, and self-expression. Sean says, “Freedom is for me when I can express myself, with no holding back. I want to tell a story that people can relate to, to let others know that I understand, because I’ve been there too.”
Sean cites a myriad of musical inspirations, and describes his genre as X, as X can represent anything, and can change and evolve with the seasons.
“XXX” is self-produced, and was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Jungle Beam Studio with help from producer Simba.
Nigerian-born and Ireland-raised, Sean X Is a singer/songwriter/producer living by his pirate code of experiencing all that life has to offer with no regrets. Inspired by the Weeknd, Michael Jackson, and Bobby Brown, Sean X never shies away from expanding his limitless genre X. From moody synths to his electrifying pop sounds with a dash of afro inspired vibes, he loves to perform and connect with his audience through his music and experiences.
Sean has performed across the country including gigs at Electric Picnic, the Bold Motel Stage, and the Button Factory. Sean loves performing for meaningful causes, and was a part of a suicide awareness charity event entitled SUAS in the Workmans.
Foxxglove returns with her latest single 'Bad Timing’. This heart wrenching alt-pop ballad gives the listener a deeply personal insight into her life; about a profoundly dark time within a relationship.
The Ferndale songstress cries out “You make me feel, like I’m hard to love” as the realisation of her isolation within her world. Speaking about the track Foxxglove says, “This song is about a specific relationship, where the person broke my heart in an emotionally manipulative and frustrating manner. He fought for my attention at the start, led me on and ended up gaslighting me. The most important part of a song for me is the lyrics, that’s how I write my music at the moment and I hope people can be empathetic to the emotional weight they carry. This song represents closure to me and I hope others can find solace within the song; knowing they aren’t alone in their feelings.”
The raw, emotional and uncensored lyrics are put front and centre of the song and are backed, with a simplistic yet powerful production by MINAS. He builds from a simple stripped back piano to more chaotic layers that mirror the emotions on the track. “I sent a raw song of lyrics and melody to MINAS via a voice note, he worked his magic and it perfectly captures how I feel about the song.”
Foxxglove is a dark and alternative pop artist from Ferndale in South Wales. Taking inspiration from her own life experiences, films, and art to tell a story that captures people's hearts; her raw and open emotion seeps through every part of her music. She began working alongside producer & artist Minas, part of the PRS Foundation backed artist development scheme: Forté Project in 2019.
In 2020 Foxxglove received support from the BBC’s launchpad scheme for artists. She has also performed at Swn Festival and supported the fast-rising UK rockers Holding Absence.