Exciting new music as summer arrives

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LOTS of exciting new recorded music and live music for the country this week, with fringe stars releasing new albums, exciting announcements from one of the country’s biggest festivals and an Irish artist getting signed to one of the biggest stars in the world.

To begin with, it was teased the previous days but this week saw the arrival of a brand new track from Denise Chaila. The Limerick rapper and singer has teamed up with Ed Sheeran, following his backing slots on his Irish dates, to release a remix of his track ‘2step’. This is huge news for Chaila, whose co-signing Sheeran will surely take her music to new heights. On the track, Chaila posted online, “I feel like I’m dreaming or sleepwalking. It’s been affirming, emboldening and beautiful and I hope what I’ve managed to do here feels right and right and does justice to Ed’s heart for this song.

News also comes from the Shoegaze quintet Just Mustard of a special show to celebrate the release of their second album ‘Heart Under’. This follows the surprise release of their new single “Seed” earlier this week. Dundalk will perform a free concert at the Workman’s Club in Dublin to celebrate the release of their new album and they will follow up with an album signing at Tower Records. Fresh off their backing dates at Fontaines DC across Europe, Just Mustard are set to smash their ceiling following the release of the LP on Partisan Records.

In darker news, tributes poured in this week after the shocking death of post-punk and rock musician/pioneer Cathal Coughlan. A driving force behind influential bands Microdisney and Fatima Mansions, Coughlan was a unique force within Irish and international music, earning praise from legendary BBC DJ John Peel: “I was listening to Cathal Coughlan sing the phone book . In the wake of the news, public figures such as Dave Fanning, Tracey Thorn, Bono, Tim Burgess and many more paid tribute to one of Ireland’s finest songwriters.

Festivals continue to announce their upcoming lineups for the summer, with older and more established talent being honored alongside the announcement of all-new acts keeping the stages fresh and varied. Waterford’s All Together Now gathering is the latest with its announcements, signaling the arrival of eight-piece funk-soul band Cooks But We’re Chefs and an entire acoustic scene featuring the likes of Emma Langford, David Kitt, Maria Kelly and Ailbhe Reddy. on the lawn of the Curraghmore Estate.

Not to be outdone, the Irish Museum of Modern Art has announced its annual garden party lineup, hosted this year by Homebeat. Taking place July 15 and 16 with a full lineup of food and drink services and performances from R.Kitt, Æ Mak, Negro Impacto, Ye Vagabonds and more, it’s a celebration for those who appreciate a more relaxed at their festivities.

And, as always, we end this week’s column with a spotlight on some of the past week’s best indie releases from Irish artists. While a special shoutout goes to Just Mustard’s excellent second LP, their indie-major signature, sadly, disqualifies them from further praise (it’s a great LP you should check out, though).

Célia Tiab's 'BIBIBI' is a sure start - the established guest singer is carving out a name for herself and we're looking forward to her next move
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Célia Tiab’s ‘BIBIBI’ is a sure start – the established guest singer is carving out a name for herself and we’re looking forward to her next move

We first shine the spotlight on Travi the Native and the lo-fi pop of his latest single ‘Ishouldbesleeping’. Artist known for a long time to have a visual theme as much as audio, Travi turns to electro on his last born. Iridescent keys and synths give this track a colorful vibrancy supported by distorted choruses. A supreme slice of contemporary pop music.

To stay in the dark, we also had the first single from Célia Tiab. ‘BIBIBI’ captures the zeitgeist, existing on the fringes of lo-fi, chamber pop, indie and jazz. Already a decorated guest vocalist for Kojaque, 1000 Beasts and Gaptoof, Tiab’s debut is assured and welcoming in the best way. If this is the start, I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

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