JFDR, the latest project from Iceland’s Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon, Gangly), is a blend of cyclical guitar parts, soft minimal soundscapes, and poetic wonderings of a journey that ends where it began. Drawing from classical, folk, and electronic backgrounds, JFDR amalgamates the sounds of changing seasons, her voice a current that moves through rough seas to smooth waters. But perhaps JFDR shines the most in her capacity as a wordsmith, employing rich imagery to evoke the subtle emotions embedded in each song. Her first full length album, co-produced by legendary multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, was released on March 17th this year. Tickets – €12
After years of honing his craft on streets and stages throughout Europe, playing at a host of festivals and supporting acts like Hozier, Hiatus Kaiyote, Mighty Oaks and Alice Phoebe Lou, Berlin-based Singer/ Songwriter and Producer Jackson Dyer returned home to Australia for a year to focus on writing and recording his debut album. Conceived and completed in an isolated coastal town in Northern NSW, his first self-produced work is heavily influenced by the Australian landscape and the awe-inspiring ocean that surrounded him as the album developed. Now back in Berlin, 2018 will see Dyer share his new collection of songs and stories. His previous works have garnered millions of plays on Spotify and much praise: – “With his voice alone, he could start a fire…” – Noisey Germany – “With poetic, folk influenced songwriting and soul soaked vocals, it’s a beautiful track to get lost in.” – IndieShuffle, ‘Steal Away’. – “There are a few people in the music/indie scene here in Berlin who have been constantly pushing forward and releasing nothing but touching and inspiring music… Jackson Dyer is one of those people.” – Stereofox – “Jackson Dyer’s ‘Compartments’ EP truly is something special.” – MTV UK
The Lost Brothers are coming to Connolly’s of Leap during their tour of Cork in September. There is something special about two musicians in unison, so it’s good news for everyone that the harmony-laden Lost Brothers – Irish songwriters and musicians Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland – are back. The past ten years has disappeared in the blink of an eyelid. Their 2008 debut album, Trails Of The Lonely, was produced in Portland, Oregon, by Mike Coykendall. Their latest, Halfway Towards A Healing (recorded in Tucson, Arizona, at Dust and Stone Studios, overseen by Giant Sand linchpin, Howe Gelb), is another step on the right road. Over twelve superb tracks, location and emotion are softly suggested. From opening song, Echoes In The Wind, to closing spoken word track, The Ballad Of A Lost Brother (via the instrumental cantina hymn, Reigns Of Ruin, the fragile finger-picking beauty of More Than I Can Comprehend, and the delicate strum of Nothing’s Going To Change Me Now), the songs reach out like fingers across a warm night to calm a troubled brow. The lyrics match the intimate, tender moods, and reference sorting out life’s minor irritations, engaging with life’s major upsets, dealing with sorrow and embracing happiness. The rich, sometimes frayed fabric of merely existing imbues Halfway Towards A Healing with a truth rarely expressed. “Many of our albums have been quite desolate,” admits Oisin, “but this one has tiny slivers of hope. We’ve been challenged, and that has made the songs richer. We have definitely polished the gloom a bit! Weirdly, it’s our most forward-thinking record.” “The Lost Brothers sound like the ghost of Hank Williams whispering a secret to the Everly Brothers.” The Irish Times
LE GALAXIE don’t come from the stars but to experience them is utterly stellar. They established themselves as Ireland’s #1 live dance act with their brand of thundering electro, bursting to life with shimmering cyber-synths, pounding techno rhythms and guitar wizardry. The debut album, 2012’s LASERDISC NIGHTS II, was voted Number One Irish Album of the Year by Entertainment.ie. Mixed in Los Angeles by former DFA Records house engineer Eric Broucek, the second album, 2015’s LE CLUB, combined their signature sound with completely stunning female guest vocals Elaine Mai, MayKay and Senita Appiakorang. LE CLUB was written and recorded in tandem with the bands relentless live schedule, which included sellout shows in Ireland’s world famous Olympia Theatre, Berlinfest, Midem (France), SXSW, CMJ (New York), Benicassim (Spain), Lovebox (London), Eurosonic (Holland) among literally hundreds of other shows. The Irish Times notes “Over the years, [they’ve] transformed themselves into a juggernaut of a party band, jack knifing into crowds who are only too happy to take the hit.” Frequent collaborator MayKay went full LE GALAXIE in 2017, just as the band signed both a US record deal and an extension to their US publishing deal with Reservoir Music. The band’s third album PLEASURE, produced by monstrously talented Swedish pop mind BLENDE, is Le Galaxie’s dream of a truly great studio dance record made manifest. The titular first single PLEASURE was teased in 2017, followed by “Day Of The Child”, the band’s first track written with newly added band member MayKay. PLEASURE was released worldwide on April 6, 2018.
It’s been an eventful few years for the band with the release of their latest album Songs for the Walking Wounded in 2016 and a European tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their 2nd album Grand Parade in 2017. 2018 had began with the band beginning work on the next album when, twenty five years after they gate crashed the UK Top 20 with their seminal hit ‘After All’, the track found a whole new audience following a classic television moment on the RTE/BBC production The Young Offenders. As the captives of a lovably psychotic Billy Murphy broke into the indie anthem on a Cork bus, so began the track’s whirlwind ascent of music charts both here and in the UK, culminating in a mid-week position of Number 1 on the i-Tunes download chart. A little more than 25 years to the day since the Franks played ‘After All’ on BBC’s flagship music show, Top of the Pops, the melodic hit once again reminded listeners that good tunes simply never go away. “The Frank and Walters create music as timeless and classic as their heroes The Beatles and Brian Wilson. But it’s their decency and kindness, in a music biz of sharks, that will always endear them to me” – Ken Sweeney.