‘Under Moving Skies’ is the new album by Dublin based singer-songwriter Eileen Gogan. Featuring guest appearances from luminaries such as Sean O’Hagan, Cathal Coughlan, Damian O’Neill, Terry Edwards and Stephen Ryan (The Stars of Heaven, The Revenants, The Drays), it is self-produced by Eileen and showcases the skills of this talented artist.
The Coronas’ thirteen-year journey has definitely been unique. With a handful of multi-platinum selling albums and a huge fan base in their native Ireland, they were just about to embark on a 6 month world tour when a certain unfortunately named virus tried to spoil the party. Thankfully, the band are back with a new album, rescheduled dates and a point to prove.
When I started sixth form in secondary school, we were taken away on a camp, to focus and unite us. We had to split into small groups and work on projects that we’d been allocated. I can’t remember anything further, apart from that one group used the Tears For Fears song, ‘Shout’, and it resonated with everyone so much so that it became the theme of the rest of our camp, and we sang it all the way back to school (until we were told to be quiet as the upper sixth form were doing exams).
With a sound that helped define the 1980’s music scene and a presence amongst popular culture which has seen them appear across TV, film and video games, Cutting Crew return with a stellar new album, ‘Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven’, featuring their best-loved songs recreated in a completely new style.
Ancient Whales have a compelling sound – garage rock that contains more than a hint of punk – that works well with their equally intriguing name. In fact, the band name is matched by that of the members themselves, Enoch Bledsoe, Natalie Bledsoe, and Oakley Munson. Not to be outdone is the title of their latest album, ‘Vestiges Of Tails Appear In All Of Us’, set for release on April 24 via Owlphabet Records, which sounds like it’s been lifted from ‘On The Origin Of Species’. First single from the album is the more simply named, ‘Giving’, and that’s where the simplicity ends.
It could be said that Riches Of The Poor, espouse a certain joy in misery; they’re named after a Morrissey lyric after all. Likewise, their sound is steeped in the pleasure to be got from throwing all your despair into music – the beats are aggressive (as are at times, the guitars) and the songs are cathartic letters to the lovelorn.