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    New Pagans have released their 3rd song in as many years. ‘It’s Darker’ was born from an argument at a party that left singer Lyndsey angry, and that anger remains throughout this three and half minute pop-rock song. There’s a lot going on, with rising, falling bass intertwining with the guitar leads, rather than following them. Lyndsey has a wonderful ability to spit angry lyrics while making them sweet and sultry.

    The accompanying video flashes 16mm recordings of religious imagery and rain-soaked greenery as smoke fills a screen that flickers and distorts, leaving us with an empty stage. It’s a promising return for New Pagans that has us hoping it’s not another year before the next one.

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    As Soak walks around this grim town, with ‘Déjà Vu’ she stumbles into yet another restless quarter, lit with neon and sound tracked by barking dogs, sirens, and disturbed neighbours. The pace throughout is quick, almost indicating Soak’s reluctance to hang around this neck of the woods, and the dreamlike loop of the chorus is catchy and repetitive. While Soak creates another world she’s keen to escape from, the song itself lingers on, establishing itself as another welcome resident of ‘Grim Town’

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    Soulé piqued our interest in August of last year, with the absolute banger ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’. Though not new to the scene, she grabbed our attention as an artist who’s really found their style and voice. Pure electro pop goodness, fresh and super cool.

    With universal appeal and super slick production, her debut EP ‘Love Cycle’ is all that and more. Blissful bass and soulful RnB vocals chill, but there’s a real lyrical depth to this, compelling you to look below the surface. With lyrical themes of self-doubt and heartbreak running through the songs, there’s a depth here that contrasts with the uptempo and energetic vibe of the songs. Soulé is confident in the image she portrays, but secure enough of herself as an artist to deliver devastating lines like, ‘When it comes to you, I drop my best to make you feel comfortable, but you don’t show me, you mistreat me’.

    The penultimate track ‘Waterfalls’ draws deserved similarities to Solange and Lauren Hill, and again the lyrics...

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    Three-piece punk rock outfit Cherym close what has been a night full of stars, and what a way to finish the festival. Wasting no time, the group get stuck into their set with blistering energy. A force to be reckoned with on the NI scene and it's not hard to see why, with every audience member nodding their heads in approval. ‘Telepathic Kelly’ is full of pop punk goodness with enough hooks...

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    One of the very first performances of this year's Output Festival, Reevah provides the perfect start to the evening. The bohemian vibes of the beautiful Start Together Studios are made for Reevah's ethereal and dreamy sounds. Starting with a brand-new track ‘Older Now’ there has been a definite progression in Reevah’s song-writing capabilities.

    She stands alone, accompanied only by her voice...

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    The small and intimate setting of the Start Together studios is buzzing as the audience eagerly await the arrival of Kitt Philippa. I glance into the adjoining studio were KP is tentatively gathering their thoughts before beginning. The crowd are immediately silenced as Phillipa takes a seat by the piano. Thanking the showcase hosts, Phillipa explains that this is their first gig of 2019...

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    Only confirming what we already knew, Derry band 'The Wood Burning Savages' are relentless. Eased in by a 'Public Service Broadcasting'-style intro, Paul Connolly’s wailing vocals teeter on the verge of a frenzy. A combination of punk, heavy rock and almost-grunge colour the shredded, overdriven guitar that underlies the band’s "power to the people" message. Far from politically shy, Paul...

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    Performing with an excitement you’d expect from a band who recently announced their debut album, Beauty Sleep’s indie-pop felt at its height tonight. Working up a dreamy build with opener 'The Feeling Back', their characteristic red apparel carried their quirky, playful but resolute energy. And surprisingly so, considering less than an hour ago Cheylene had been on bass duty with Catalan....

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    Wasting no time, Ewan Friers edges the crowd closer to the stage, then closer still until crowd and band are confronted. Kicking off with a ferocity that culminates in a distorted guitar breakdown, each member’s instrument swings in unison with distinct flair. Catalan have a lot of that, delivering almost-spoken vocal qualities reminiscent of American punk, made their own by their delivery...

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    Donning a lilac suit and gold telecaster, electronic one-piece LARKS soundtrack the evening’s beginnings to an initially small collection of attentive listeners. Commanding the stage with dark and brooding single-note guitar lines, Fiona O'Kane's lingering lead vocals intertwine with harmonies that reach an ethereal peak. By the first few bass heavy notes of 'Bodies', the Courtyard has busied....

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