Wednesday 18 July 2012

Northern Ireland Tunes - Round-Up #4

Here is an assortment of great tunes from NI that are sure to float your Metaphorical Boat this July:

Ruairi & The Owls ft Rainy Boy Sleep - Let You Out

Limavady based group Ruairi & The Owls (formerly Owl Parliament) have enlisted the vocal talents of Steve Martin, aka Rainy Boy Sleep, for their latest single "Let You Out", which is taken from their upcoming 2nd E.P "Fishing In Your Dark." The song sounds as if it's a forgotten gem from the mid 90s, especially as the vocals sound as if they came from Noel Gallagher when he was in his prime. The track is currently available as a free download.
Ed Zealous - Diamonds for Eyes 

Belfast band Ed Zealous return after what seems like an age with their brand new track "Diamonds For Eyes". The track is a brilliant slice of electro-rock, which calls to mind some of the better work of Fenech-Soler, as well as  Two Door Cinema Club. They have also released a music video, which is a little bit of brilliance.

Elspeth - 24 Hour Paramedics

"24 Hour Paramedics" is the 2nd single to be taken from Elspeth's debut album "Coax". Like their last single, it calls to mind some of the grittier sounds of the Britpop era, although it also features a guitar riff which sounds like it belongs on Arctic Monkey's "Humbug" album.


 Soak - Numb

This Saturday the annual Glasgowbury music festival will be taking place in Draperstown, with over 50 acts from the island playing on six different stages. There's a lot of acts that I'm looking forward to seeing, including headlines Therapy?, the exuberant Pocket Billiards, and The Wonder Villains for the 5th time.

One of the acts that I'm most excited to see however is Derry lass Bridie Monds-Watson, who records under the moniker Soak. Just 16 years old, she has seemingly gone from obscure to hotly tipped overnight, even gaining UK-wide airplay of Radio 1. From the sounds of "Numb", taken from her "Trains" E.P, it is clear to see what the fuss is about, with Bridie sounding like she could be NI's answer to Laura Marling. If you want to catch her at Glasgowbury, she's playing on the G Spot (snigger) Stage at 2.30PM this Saturday.

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