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ATL | 16:28 UK time, Tuesday, 3 April 2012

 

 

Awk, sure it’s yourself. Brian Coney here, individual of no particular repute except what can only be described as an almost overwhelming urge to inform others of what I know to be absolutely true.

Okay, maybe not … but as Ludwig Beethoven himself probably proclaimed in between bouts of deafness and compositional genius: “I know a good tune when I hear one”. Here are three good tunes from upcoming artists inhabiting these parts.

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Twomilliondays — Submerge 

Twomilliondays is a Roscommon-based musician better known to his parents as Paul Fallon (alternatively: our Paul). His brand new eponymous LP combines minimalist electronica/ambient with some, sublime acoustic instrumentalism and its closing track, ‘Submerge’, is a particularly transfixing track calling to mind a kind of weightlessness akin to Main, Seefeel and Brian Eno's early ambient works. Hypnotic and endurably experimental from start to finish, Fallon’s debut album signals even greater things to come.

Overhead, The Albatross — Think, Thank, Thunk 

Forgers of a considerably less formulaic brand of cinematic instrumentalism that’s been played to death over the last few years, Overhead, The Albatross are a Dublin-based six-piece whose latest nine-minute single, ‘Think, Thank, Thunk’, is a hugely eclectic snapshot of what they are all about. Equally reminiscent of post-rockers This Will Destroy You, Do Make Say Think and Caspian – or, say, Eatenbybears-meets-a less abrasive ASIWYFA, locally — the track was released three weeks ago, the takings for which go to the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association. Excellent musicians and a great bunch of lads — what more could you ask for? 

Friends of Granleese (F.O.G.) — Chinese Whispers 

Taken from their brand new debut Asahi EP, ‘Chinese Whispers’ is the most riff-fuelled track from new Belfast rockers Friends of Granleese aka F.O.G. Yet another example of a tidy wee N.I. band with a fairly questionable name, the track is pretty much a half-time hybrid of Alice In Chains, The Sword and Kyuss circa Blues For The Red Sun, with a punchy chorus massively reminiscent of the verse to Skid Row’s ‘Mudkicker’. The EP and the band’s sound overall though is a much more neo-Grunge (sorry) affair, packing scuzzy, fit-for-house-party riffage over the course of five tracks. Lovely stuff.

 

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