Adultrock is Gavin Elsted, singer and guitarist of noiseniks We Are Losers. Still in its relative infancy, his electronica sideproject Adultrock has been gaining plaudits and fans over the last number of months. ‘Poplife’ is the first Adultrock track to feature vocals, provided by Jen Connell, formerly of Cork group Hooray For Humans. Her dulcet tones, mixed with the heavenly, bouncing music, will take you away on cloud 9. Don’t let the name fool you: Adultrock is for everybody – how can you resist? ‘Poplife’ can be downloaded for free below, via Soundcloud.
Ambience Affair have almost drawn the curtains on the campaign surrounding debut album Burials. They’re out on the road throughout March, and were in the Pavilion in Cork on Saturday. ‘Fragile Things’ is the second video Souljacker have done for Ambience Affair (watch the first, ‘The Fallen’), managing to capture some essence of their live show, though you really need to catch them in the flesh to feel the full force and intensity. Check out all the Irish tour dates here.
Dark Room Notes won much acclaim in 2010 for debut album We Love You Dark Matter. With a self-titled follow-up due on April 9 on BBE. ‘Baby Don’t Hurt Me’, which obviously conjures up thoughts of drunken singalongs to the Haddaway song (don’t pretend like you haven’t heard of it), is not a cover, though it does sound as if it would have been massive in the 80s. It’s the first taster of the forthcoming album and whets the appetite quite nicely. An interesting year ahead.
Cork electronica artist REID has unveiled his first music video, directed by the hardest working guys around at the moment, Cork-based Feel Good Lost. ‘Diptera’ is a wild beast of a track, and the video captures that essence, interspersing live footage of REID with waves crashing in the wilds of winter. ‘Diptera’ is REID’s second single, backed with ‘Fall’ and out on Blah Blah Blah Records. More info on that release here.
Katie Kim released her second album last week, the sprawling, 20-track Cover & Flood(Listen to it on Bandcamp). Its intimacy combines with a wondrous voice to create an atmosphere made for one. It sounds perfect on headphones, but as shown by the live video recorded by Myles O’Reilly, can also sound amazing in a big room. Give yourself a 10-minute break and indulge in a video that will whisk you away, into another world for just a little while.
Finally, you may have heard that Jape won the Choice Prize last week, which seeks to find the Irish album of the year. A deserved winner, Ocean Of Frequency still has plenty of layers to peel away if you haven’t already. Twelve tracks long, it is a worthy, though surprising to some, victor. It’s Richie Egan’s second win at the Choice, the first artist to do so. Stream and buy Ocean Of Frequency here and listen to it below to discover why it is such a deserving winner. As evidence that there’s still plenty to discover, it was only when Jape played the Pavilion a couple of weeks ago that I realised what an epic pop song the last, self-titled track is. It’s since gone on to be my most listened track of the year.