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Emma Langford - Quiet Giant

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Emma Langford is a Limerick chanteuse who released her debut EP last year and now with ‘Quiet Giant’ she has delivered a highly polished debut album that builds on the promise she showed with that earlier release.

The first thing that grabs you about Langford is her voice which oozes class, it’s steeped in the traditions of some of the classic female singer-songwriters but with a contemporary sensibility and confidence all of her own. And the same could be said about the backing she receives throughout the record with gorgeous strings, stirring piano and measured percussion particularly to the fore on tracks such as the title track ‘Quiet Giant’, the sublime ‘Bear This Child’ and the upbeat ‘6 Foot 4’.

There are four tracks that have featured on previous releases but they have received the full makeover treatment by producers Graham Murphy & Chris O’Brien which brings them to an altogether different level. Here ‘Closed Book’ is bursting with emotional urgency, ‘All You Want’ shines ever brighter and the melancholy of ‘The Seduction of Eve’ is mined even deeper to impressive effect.

Much like Maria Doyle Kennedy’s album which I have also been listening to this week, Langford provides two powerful tracks to close out her album. ’The Belle and Ruin’ is a dramatic narrative exploring love and heartbreak, set to a moody atmospheric soundtrack.

Uniquely enough it is closing track (the previously released) ‘Tug O’ War’ which provides the album highlight for this listener, it is a real triumph and it’s brilliant to see the development of the song from it’s initial inception as a rough spur-of-the-moment bedroom demo on YouTube to what amounts to an outstanding soulful showstopper in this latest incarnation.

With ‘Quiet Giant’ Emma Langford has produced an impressive debut album that pays its dues to her musical influences while imbuing each fine composition with her own modern day take on the world and her place in it.

'Quiet Giant' is released on October 18th and is available for pre-order now via https://emmalangfordmusic.bandcamp.com and we are delighted to welcome back Emma to Dolans on December 2nd when she will play a full band show in the Warehouse, get your tickets now.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1707

Welcome back listeners and readers to another exciting episode of Sounds from a Green World, the radio show that is chock full of deadly Irish music. This week's show features the debut track from Dublin super group Autre Monde and we also have new releases from Sea Pinks, Anna Mitchell & Sub Motion.

Our Past Glories album is the final album from The Fatima Mansions 'Lost in the Former West' and our 'Music They Like' choice this week is made by Ian Whitty. There's plenty of local artists featured as Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Parliament Square, Fox Jaw all make an appearance as does Limerick electronic producer Proper Micro NV who we feature as part of our weekly hook up with the Hear One Sessions.

Remember Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. Download the 8radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via the @tunein app.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1706

The year rattles on and still the new tunes keep coming and we have 90 minutes of the best of them right here for you.

This week we feature new releases from R.S.A.G., Imelda May, Swords and Marc O'Reilly. We have more tracks from our Album of the Month which is the self titled debut from Darling and we also have the brilliant new single from The Hot Sprockets.

Our Past Glories album comes from Ann Scott and we have a superb cover of a Bowie classic by one Lisa Hannigan.

All that and so much more available right now for your listening pleasure, just press play!

Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. Download the 8radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via the @tunein app.

Percolator & Casavettes live at the Kasbah Social Club

Having spent a decent amount of time with Percolator’s debut album ‘Sestra’ over the past few weeks (the review of which you can read here) expectations were high heading into Dolans last Saturday.

Also on the bill were local band Casavettes who I finally got to see live and despite being down a member on the night they did not lack impact. Recent double releases ‘Reunion’ & ‘In April’ were both given an airing and worked very well, particularly the former.  But it was the next single on the Casavettes schedule ‘Falling’ that really made my ears pick up and I’ve not doubt I’ll be giving it a few spins on 8radio.com once it’s released.

Main act Percolator are a band that have been in existence for over seven years but have been through a number of line-up changes before settling on the current three members Ian Chestnutt (guitar & vocals), Eleanor Myler (drums & vocals), and John ‘Spud’ Murphy (bass & keys) since 2012. They are a well balanced trio and it was clear to see that the current incarnation works as well in the live arena as they do on record.

The influences on Percolator’s sound are obvious however they use the various ingredients used here-to-fore by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Kraftwork, Holy F**k and Television to delicious effect to produce a sound all of their own.

The danger with bands that produce work that is this sonically dynamic & multifarious is that live the subtly of the recorded mix can be lost in a haze of noise however there was no sign of that in the Kasbah where the band were clearly in rhythmic sync. Their distinct contributions combined to brilliant effect, with Murphy double jobbing and even sometimes triple jobbing alongside the cultured influence of Chestnutt, but it was the drive of Myler from behind her drums that set the tone for proceedings tying things together with almost effortless focus.

Highlights from the set were 'Law & Order’, ’Crab Supernova’ and album closer ‘Binkle’ which sounded every bit as epic as it does on ‘Sestra’. If the amount of nodding heads are a good indication of audience appreciation then Percolator were certainly sent on their way with good vibrations from all in the Kasbah.

Percolator - Sestra

Percolator are a 3 piece band from Dublin featuring Ian Chestnutt (guitar& vocals), Eleanor Myler (drums & vocals), and John ‘Spud’ Murphy (bass). Opening with a wall of sound that My Bloody Valentine would be proud of Percolator kick off their debut album 'Sestra' with a deafening instrumental that is quite the bold move.

Next track up is ‘Squishy Future’ which is a German electro/feedback melange that is completely mesmerising with Myler supplying some ethereal vocals to the mix before the track descends in to an industrial cacophony. 

'Law & Order' is the track that really got me interested in Percolator and has an excellent indie intro that grabs your attention immediately before the distorted vocals of Chestnutt kick in as the band really let loose, clearly enjoying an almost reverential jam.

‘Kim Chi’ is a perfect wurlitzer of a track that drags you one then another, whilst ‘Crab Supernova’ the latest single builds on what’s gone before to tremendous effect.

After all the buzz of the fare so far ‘Yellow Fire’ (one of the oldest tracks on the album) is a welcome change of tone, a perfect piece of shoegazing indie pop goodness followed up by the equally sublime ‘Usen’t We’ - both tracks utilising Meyler's atmospheric vocals perfectly.

The album closes with ‘Binkle’ an almost 12 minute long sonic epic that probably overstays its welcome just a little, but is certainly an ambitious way to bring an end to proceedings.

All in all 'Sestra' is an album that showcases a band that has all the neccessary elements and certainly knows hows to combine them to supreme effect. Percolator may wear their influences on their sleeves but they sure do wear them well.

Percolator play the Kasbah Social Club this Saturday night with support from local band Casavettes.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1705

You want some great fresh Irish tunes then you have come to the right place. We have a pile of brand new releases this week kicking off with a banger from Le Galaxie, we also have tunes from recent visitors to Dolans Columbia Mills, J Cowhie, and local stars on the rise whenyoung.

Speaking of local stars we have the first single from The Cranberries in quite a while and we have two tracks from our Album of the Month for April which is the self-titled debut album from Darling.

And if that isn't enough for you we have a couple of tracks from a very esoteric Past Glories album and a beautiful 'Music They Like' choice made by Marlene Enright.

Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. Download the 8radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via the @tunein app. 

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1704

More musical delights for your ears to luxuriate in, this week's episode features loads of artists who are coming to Dolans very shortly, such as Percolator who are about to launch their fab debut album 'Sestra' and will play the Kasbah Social Club on April 15th so if you like a bit of shoegazing & gentle feedback then don't miss that one.

Actually Cork has had some start to year with a rake of quality album, EP & single releases emanating from there including 'Placemats & Second Cuts' our Album of the Month from Marlene Enright who plays the Kasbah on April 7th with support from our own Emma Langford whose beautiful Irish reversion of one of her EP tracks closes the show.

Other visitors from Cork who appear as part of another epic Seoda Shows presentation on April 22nd are Talos ahead of the release of their debut album 'Wild Alee'. I caught them at the Body & Soul stage at Electric Picnic and they are mesmerising live.

Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. Download the 8radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via @tunein

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1703

The latest episode of Sounds from a Green World has no less than four debutantes including the extremely talented Limerick combo Casavettes who you'll be able to catch in action when they support Percolator in the Kasbah Social Club on April 15th, fans of shoegaze do not miss this one !

Another Irish band who are making a return to the Warehouse are Therapy? who bring their Wood & Wire Acoustic Tour to town on April 30th and we have their US only release 'Caustic Psychosis' as our Past Glories album featuring a couple of mind melting early tracks from them.

Speaking of great albums our Album of the Month for March is from Cork's Marlene Enright who brings her intoxicating vocals and smooth tunes to the Upstairs stage on April 7th, and of course we just had to pay tribute to local heroes Rusangano Family after their much deserved Choice Prize Album of the Year Award.

Sounds from a Green World goes out on 8radio.com every Saturday at 8 am and Wednesday nights from 9pm bringing you the very best in new Irish music.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1702

The year is already flying along and the new tunes are certainly flying out of the blocks (or where ever they come from) so much so that there isn't room for our Past Glories album this time round.

But what we do have is a number of acts marking their debut on the show this week - Montauk Hotel, For Foresters, Emily Gahan and Sorcha Richardson. There is local interest in the shape of Emma Langford who we feature as part of a new tie up with Hear One where each week we will play you tracks from their wonderful artists on the rise sessions.

We also have two more tracks from our Album of the Month which is 'Full Fat' from Sligo's This Side Up. And if all that's not enough for you we have music from The Divine Comedy, James Vincent McMorrow, Katie Kim, a belter of a remix from Bantum and another track from one of my favourite EPs of 2017 '1/1/17' by Arvo Party.

Sounds from a Green World is available for the readers of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS and Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

And the great news is that for every weekend from now till the end of March you can catch 8radio.com on FM in Limerick, Cork, Galway & Dublin to get you radios dialled in !!

Bowie Tribute

There’s always a worry with a sequel, that will it live up to the first time out. But as T2 Trainspotting has recently proved (and if you haven’t seen it yet you really need to have a chat with yourself), when a follow up is done well it’s a wonderfully joyous experience.

Last year Limerick paid its own tribute to David Bowie with one of the best nights of music seen in the town in 2016. Such was the reaction to that night there was a fierce demand for a re-run and thankfully John Steele the man behind the original night answered the call, as did a raft of local bands. As with the original event all proceeds are going to charity with the recipients being the Lette March & Zondra Meaney medical funds.

In a reverse of last year’s iteration it’s The Alvin Purple Experience who kick off the festivities with a set dedicated to the glam rock era of Bowie with ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and a crowd rousing rendition of ‘All the Young Dudes’ ensuring that the bar is set at a very decent height from the off.

Next up it’s Theme Tune Boy, Limerick’s power pop punk outfit led by ex-Hitchers drummer Niall Quinn. It’s an instant sonic assault from them with ‘Little Wonder’ a joy to behold, vocal duties are shared between Quinn, drummer Kieran Hayes and finally lead guitarist Carolyn Bourke as they close their contribution to the night’s proceedings with a blistering version of ‘Andy Warhol’.

After those two stellar performances the pressure is on for Parliament Square but you wouldn’t think it as Brendan Markham and co. strut on to the Dolans Warehouse stage and immediately launch into a fantastically funked up ‘Let’s Dance’ followed by ‘China Girl’ another classic which sees Markham in full-on revelator mode. It’s a short set which leaves you hungry for more from a band that are totally “in the zone”.

But if that was good then what’s in store for the next 40 minutes is just sublime as John Steele and his band Fall Dogs deliver a performance that you just did not want to end. Their selection of songs is much changed from last year and displays the wide range that the Bowie archive offers beginning with a haunting ‘Life on Mars’ which sees Steele accompanied by some beautiful piano work by Ross Brennan. From that it’s highlight after highlight with the angry as fuck ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’, dedicated in opposition to “you know who”; while ‘Lazarus’ and ‘Where Are We Now?’ tracks from Bowie’s latter two albums are treated with due reverence and benefit from Steele’s gravely timbre.

There is also time for guest contributions from Ronan Mitchell and Eamon Hehir, the latter out-revelating Brendan Markham’s earlier efforts on a magically manic ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The set closes with joyous renditions of ‘Heroes’, ‘Under Pressure’ and one of my personal highlights of the night ‘Absolute Beginners’ with Yvonne McCarthy lending her powerful voice on co-vocal duties.

If the night had ended then all in attendance would have gone home very satisfied, as it happens there’s still two more acts to enjoy. Next it’s long haired prog rockers Shardborne who are normally an instrumental outfit but here as with last year they add some vocals, with a searing guitar driven version of ‘Fame’ kicking things off as they are clearly here to enjoy themselves. That sense of fun continues till the conclusion of their set with a perfectly judged ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ being their outstanding moment.

And so it’s down to the last band on the bill The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, who are a perfect choice to close the night given that later this year they will be touring ‘Starman’ their latest Irish music collaboration with Liam O’Maonlai which will showcase the songs of David Bowie “as gaeilge”. But there’s no need for an Irish-English dictionary tonight as they stick to the original versions of ‘Quicksand’ and ‘I Can’t Give Everything Away’ but with the added unique BPLO twist and the beautiful harmonies of the Blake siblings. 

Their final song is ‘Space Oddity’ a perfect pitched end to another night that was as much a celebration of the Limerick music scene as it was a celebration and remembrance of one of history’s finest musical icons; it leaves all those in a packed Warehouse with broad smiles on their faces and Bowie’s songs in their hearts. Planet Earth maybe blue but the stars are shining a little brighter in Limerick tonight.

All money raised from The Bowie Tribute 2017 is in aid of the Lette March & Zondra Meaney - medical funds.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1701

Back from an extended festive break but have no fear Sounds from a Green World will be with you every week in 2017 bringing you the very best new Irish music and a few golden nuggets from the past too.

On this week's show we have music from recent visitors to Dolans the hugely energetic Otherkin who rocked the Kasbah Social Club and the sublime Wallis Bird who wowed the crowd in the Warehouse on a very busy Saturday night.

We have tracks from our Album of the Month - 'Full Fat' from Sligo's This Side Up and keeping things in the north-west our Past Glories album is the classic 'Magical Ring' from Clannad.

We've the new single from Marlene Enright who plays the Kasbah Social Club on April 7th, add in fresh new music from Melty Brains?, Jonny Rep, The Burma, Sorcha Richardson and much more and you have all the incentive you need to press play.

Sounds from a Green World is available for the readers of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS and Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

 

 

Sounds from a Green World Top 20 Irish Albums 2016

2016 has been a bountiful year for Irish music particularly when it comes to album releases with over 200 albums released in this island this year. So trying to narrow down such quality output to the best 20 albums has been a tough task but we've managed to do our best with many of the bands and artists featured having visited Dolans over the past 12 months. 

Its also fair to say that 2016 has been a great year for Limerick music too and it's fantastic to have three albums from Limerick acts in the Top 20 - 'Be Honest and Fear Not' from windings, 'Let the Dead Bury the Dead' by Rusangano Family and our favourite Irish album of the year, the fantastic debut album from Bleeding Heart Pigeons 'Is'.

You can listen to tracks from the Top 20 below but this is our list of the best Irish albums of 2016 - 

  • In Heat Not Sorry - The Altered Hours
  • Madness is the Mercy - August Wells
  • The Tilt of the Earth - Barry McCormack
  • New Forest - Cathy Davey
  • The First Kiss of Love - Cronin
  • Scan the Blue - exmagician
  • Songs for the Walking Wounded - The Frank & Walters
  • We Move - James Vincent McMorrow
  • Salt - Katie Kim
  • King Kong Company - King Kong Company
  • At Swim - Lisa Hannigan
  • I Own You - Mick Flannery
  • Her Kind - Morning Veils
  • Learning to Growl - Overhead, the Albatross
  • Let the Dead Bury Dead - Rusangano Family
  • Soft Days - Sea Pinks
  • Age of Indignation - September Girls
  • Tidal Waves - Swords
  • Be Honest and Fear Not - windings
  • Is - Bleeding Heart Pigeons

Primal Scream - Live at the Big Top

The conversion of Limerick’s Milk Market to an outdoor venue fit for acts that draw bigger crowds than can be accommodated elsewhere in the city has been a massive success, and the latest visitors to this unique concert location are legends of the indie music scene Primal Scream.

Led by their enigmatic front man Bobby Gillespie there is no holding back as right from the off they immediately launch into ‘Movin’ on Up’ which is the perfect way to warm up those that have braved the chilly November evening.

The set is nice mix of hits, hardcore fan favourites and of course a number of tunes from their recent album release ‘Chaosmosis’ which is being promoted with this tour.

Throughout Gillespie is a compelling presence as the rest of the band do what they do well almost in the background (it’s a long time since Gillespie has had to share front of stage with the mugging Mani). The Scottish frontman has a well earned reputation as a temperamental figure (maybe less so in recent years) and here there is always an undercurrent suggesting that he is expecting more from the assembled throng.

Interestingly for me it was some of the newer material that seemed more exciting on the night with ‘(Feeling Like A) Demon Again’, ‘100% or Nothing’ and ‘Trippin’ on Your Love’ that sees the band in full on attack mode, which is carried on with the menacing monster that is ‘Swastika Eyes’ from their underrated ‘XTRMNTR’ album.

Of course for most of the crowd it’s the better known tunes that get them moving with ‘Country Girl’, ‘Rocks’ and ‘Loaded’ providing those familiar feel good moments. And whilst the canned backing singing for those songs does take one slightly out of the moment at times it doesn’t take away from those classic indie hits.

The highlight of the evening is the glorious moment of celebration that is ‘Come Together’ that sees the Big Top audience and headline act in choral unison which warms the hearts before we head off in search of something to warm our fingers and toes.

Photo Credit - Munster Business Media Services

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1633

We might be in the thick of winter but there's loads of great Irish music to warm the hearts and we bring you another 22 fine tracks in this week's episode of Sounds from a Green World. 

This week we feature three acts (windings, Owensie & Crayonsmith) who've all released albums on the fantastic local record label Out on a Limb Records who are bringing their OOAL Christmas Party to Dolans on December 10th, the line-up is a closely guarded secret but there will be 7 acts on the night and tons of great tunes.

Also featuring on this week's show are a number of recent visitors to Dolans - James Or, David Kitt and local favourite Emma Langford. We have another two tracks from our Album of the Month for November which is 'Tidal Waves' by Swords and loads more new music from Elaine Mai, This Side Up, The Notas and Saint Sister.

Sounds from a Green World is available for the readers of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1632

Coming to Limerick this Saturday night is one of Ireland's brightest rising talents Sample Answer and we kick off this week's show with another quality track from his brilliant 'Collision' EP. Make sure you catch him live now as he is another Hozier in the making.

Also featured in this episode we have brand new music from The 4 of Us who return to Dolans Upstairs on December 30th with their long promised album 'Sugar Island' finally released. We have more tracks from our Album of the Month which is the excellent 'Tidal Waves' by Swords and we have new tunes from August Wells, Hvmmingbird, We Cut Corners and Lisa O'Neill who returns for what's sure to be another stirring performance on December 2nd.

Sounds from a Green World is available for the readers of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1631

After a slight hiatus, the Sounds from a Green World podcast is back and is now available for your ears to bathe in. This time out we have brand new music from local heroes Parliament Square and whenyoung. And speaking of local heroes we've more tracks from windings whose brilliant album 'Be Honest & Fear Not' was our Album of the Month for October along with music from Dundalk troubadour who played a superb set in support of windings for their album launch in Dolans recently.

Of course we have plenty of great music from further afield with new releases from Katie Kim, Super Hyper Giant, Bantum and recent visitor to Dolans, Marc O'Reilly. So strap yourself in and enjoy 90 minutes of the very best in new Irish music.

Sounds from a Green World is available for the readers of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

Jack O'Rourke - Dreamcatcher

‘Dreamcatcher’ from Jack O’Rourke is a masterful and varied collection of songs that sees the Cork man making a notable mark with his debut.

The record kicks off with ‘Nostalgia’ a simple but affecting piano ballad which takes you on a evocative tour of several Cork locations and characters. The tempo is immediately raised with ‘Naivety’ which is one of the early highlights on the album with its rousing chorus of voices.

The album title track sees O’Rourke channelling his inner Arctic Monkey as once the track kicks in it certainly evokes their front man Alex Turner (in one of his smoother incarnations) however O’Rourke lifts the song to greater heights than even that Sheffield chanteuse could achieve as here as on the rest of the album it’s the strength & depth of his vocal delivery that shines through.

The lead single ‘I’ll Forget You in the Morning’ sits perfectly as the centrepiece of the album with it’s elegant blend of voice, strings and piano. Again O’Rourke stirs things up with ‘Iggy’ which is a real eclectic gem with its glam rock guitar tendencies juxtaposed with clever finger clicking and western saloon piano playing - who knew that combination could work so well?

This constant change in rhythm between tracks is continued for much of the remainder of the album which ensures that your attention never wavers, but how could it with the quality on offer, which is perfectly exemplified by current single 'On the Downlow'.

The double hander of ‘Small Stuff’ and ‘Settle for Me’ brings ‘Dreamcatcher’ to a highly satisfying close which is appropriate on an album that rewards throughout.

‘Dreamcatacher is available to buy via iTunes and directly via http://www.jackorourkemusic.com/artist/music/show/dreamcatcher and you can catch Jack O’Rourke live when he plays Upstairs in Dolans on Saturday, October 12th.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1630

Another 90 minutes of great Irish music and another truck load of brand new tracks as we bring you new releases from Fangclub, Exiles, Hozier & Mick Flannery who plays the Warehouse on Oct 13th.

We continue our exploration of windings' fantastic album 'Be Honest and Fear Not' and we have another clip from our chat with Steve & Patrick, don't miss their gig on October 22nd. We also have the stunning new single from Roisin O who at it happens also plays Dolans that night when she takes to the stage Upstairs.

'Tupelo Honey' from Van Morrison album is our Past Glories album and we have the lead track from his new album 'Keep Me Singing' too.

Sounds from a Green World is available for the readers of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.

windings - Be Honest and Fear Not

With only their split album with Land Lovers to keep us sated over the past few years it’s with much anticipation that the latest long player from Limerick’s windings is finally released and thankfully it does not disappoint.

‘Be Honest and Fear Not’ sees windings displaying their entire range of musical talents with a variety of approaches taken on an album that may only be eight tracks long but doesn’t leave you feeling any bit short changed. There’s everything on show here from a two minute punk anthem to a speeding sonic instrumental (be careful when driving if listening to that one), there’s even a bitter sweet duet to perfectly close out proceedings.

The album kicks off in fine style with the epic ‘Ambivalence Blues’ spanning over seven sumptuous minutes before we get the Giveamanakick-esque bombshell that is ‘Boring’. These opening two tracks not only superbly showcase the range of styles that the band employs but also the cleverness of lyric that frontman Steve Ryan possesses. He has admitted that ‘Be Honest and Fear Not’ is an opportunity for him to address his frustrations and vexations with himself and the world and he is brilliantly acerbic, amusing and challenging over the course of an album where at one stage he declares that “every note is an apology, every word is a regret”.

One of the highlights of the album is 'You’re Dead', a track anchored by an absolutely delicious bass line that will be circling your brain for many days after hearing it, and believe me it’s an ear-worm you’ll enjoy hearing time and time again. 

And that could well sum up the entire album which rewards on every listen. Arranged and recorded and so that windings can seamlessly bring the album to life in the live arena, I look forward to catching them on tour and witnessing ‘Be Honest and Fear Not’ in all it’s glory.

‘Be Honest and Fear Not’ is out now via Out on a Limb Records and windings.bandcamp.com and you can catch windings live when they play the Warehouse on October 22nd.

Sounds from a Green World - Episode 1629

This week’s Sounds from a Green World kicks off with three artists who will be visiting Dolans in the coming months as we have brand new tracks from Cathy Davey, Jack O’Rourke and The Riptide Movement.

We have our final selection of tracks from Lisa Hannigan’s ‘At Swim’ which has been our 8radio.com Album of the Month for October - there are still a few tickets left for her show in the Lime Tree Theatre on December 15th but move fast or you’ll be disappointed.

We also feature the title track from Train Room’s gorgeous debut EP, the latest single from James Vincent McMorrow along with another track from Bell X1 who will be showcasing their new album ‘Arms’ Live at the Big Top on Oct 28th.

Sounds from a Green World is available for the reader's of the Dolans music blog and if you like great music then download the 8radio.com apps for iOS for Android devices or visit 8radio.com to find out all the ways to listen to the station that plays the "Music We Like" and we think you'll like too.