Dublin-based singer/songwriter/producer Dunluvly is set to release a new single, “Hazey”. The track is a three year project that features layered guitars and contemporary bedroom-pop production. The wavy flanger fingerstyle guitar carries you into a trance-like state, that is complemented by a creative use of guitar delay effects. This is the first single Dunluvly has released since his EP ‘Plethora’. The EP caught features on Hot Press Magazine, The AU Review, The Thin Air and the IMRO newsletter in the wake of 2020. Dunluvly says, “I wrote this track about a state of distracted anxiety that I named ‘the haze’ at a young age. Through many years of being a bit of a hippie, I developed a way to map the things that would lead me into this state of mind. This song is the story of that process”. He goes on to say, “This was probably the most delicate recording process I’ve ever encountered. I caught the sound in the original demo, but failed to recreate it for so long. That’s probably why this track took three years to complete.” Dunluvly is a multi-instrumentalist and producer born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. With roots in traditional Irish music and psychedelic indie, his sound is often described as a sonically rich experience.
Singer/ songwriter Fly the Nest is set to release a cinematic new single, “Old Street Lover.” The song features a driving beat, wailing guitars, and Fly the Nests’ signature wide, cinematic soundscape. Rhythmic guitars and Fly the Nest’s powerful vocals carry the fierce, energetic song.
Fly the Nest says, “This song is about having a connection with someone that’s ultimately lost. Though it hurts to see it end, you really do wish them the best and hope they find what they’re looking for.”
The verses of the song tell the story of the day that it all comes to an end. They outline hard conversations that are had and looking back on shared memories. The narrator knows that they have to let it go. The uplifting chorus expresses hope that the other person finds happiness, comfort, and satisfaction with what they decide to do.
Though you’re parting ways, you still see so much potential in the other person, heard in the lines, “you’ve got it!” And though you’ll miss them, you genuinely still believe in them and their dreams. Maybe you’ll even find your way back to each other one day.
The song was produced and recorded by Peter Doherty in Tyrone, NI.
Dublin native Fly the Nest (Stephen Cooper) started playing music at a young age, performing in various bands before starting solo project Fly the Nest, a name inspired by the many adventures music has led him on. As well as writing and releasing his own music, Stephen also writes for sync, and says that writing for film and TV has opened up another facet of his creativity. Stephen now spends his time between Ireland and Denmark, and gigs regularly across Scandinavia. 2021 is proving to be another big year for Stephen, who is known for wide, cinematic songs and precise songwriting.
Sasha Sky 21 years of age. She was born and raised in North East of England and in 2019 relocated to London to pursue her career in performing. Sasha is very passionate about both dancing and music, and always has been. She attended college at New College Durham for 4 years. Following that, she took a 2 year Acting BTEC course as well as a 2 year Music BTEC course. Sasha says both these courses 100% helped her get to where she is today. Prior to college, Sasha admits she had quite low self-esteem and next to no confidence, she was also suffering with OCD, Anxiety and Depression, while not actually knowing or understanding. Her song “Doubts” is written about that experience.
About her new single:
“Doubts” is quite a powerful song for me personally. This track is probably one of the most raw, honest and authentic songs I’ve written when it comes to my mental health. But I also like that the lyrics are kind of subtle in some ways, so that the listen can interpret the lyrics in their own way and maybe make it meaningful for themselves and their current experience.
Ginger Twice are an Irish country pop acoustic duo band that consists of two friends named Amie O’Hanlon and Sarah Daly. Ginger Twice is influenced by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Beatles and Picture This. Bothers Me is the band’s first single and was produced by Viscose. It is a country pop song written by Sarah Daly and Amie O’Hanlon. The artwork for Bothers Me was drawn by Eileen Rattigan. Bothers Me gained over 14k streams on Spotify in just three weeks which is incredible for a new band such as Ginger Twice. They were also selected as track of the week from the RTÉ2fm radio show with Ciara and Chris. The support that Ginger Twice got was incredible. Ginger Twice has a new single out that is completely different from their first single. It’s called Burning and it’s about being rejected by someone you really like. It’s a folk pop acoustic song and it’s very emotional and it’s very sincere. It was produced by Viscose who is an amazing producer and it was written by Sarah Daly. The artwork was drawn by Eileen Rattigan who is an amazing artist. Ginger Twice wants to bring back the acoustic music into the music industry as they feel that there is a lot of songs out there that has too much production in their songs. Ginger Twice believe that less is more when it comes to music.
With a spectrum of colourful influences from indie rock to soul, to reggae, jazz and even folk, The Flavours exploded onto the Cork live music scene on their inception in 2018. From a variety of musical backgrounds, the band combines to form a truly unique sound; which has since been enjoyed by audiences in some of Ireland’s biggest live music venues.
The Flavours band members are Ella Compton (Vocals), Julian Power (Bass & Keys), Jordan Devlin (Guitar), Jordan Roche(Drums).
The Flavours released their debut EP ‘Send It’ digitally on the 25th of June, 2019. It has received over 10,000 Spotify streams to date. ‘Perfect’; the first song from the EP, was featured on Nialler 9’s weekly section of new Irish music releases, while the band was also featured on Eirewave’s ‘Next Big Thing’. The release coincided with the band playing a run of headline shows in their home town of Cork City.
The band have released two EPs to date: ‘Send It’ in 2019 and ‘(The) Love Life’ in 2020.
‘Domestic Wars’ is yet another explosion of colour and sound from the team of artist Nathan Mac and producer Brian Dwyer. This time however, it comes with a vocal twist, by the name of Emily Hazel… aka: Nathan’s little sister.
This brother and sister combination blend intricate harmonies and punchy vocal delivery for a song with too much energy for one artist to handle. Accompanied by strings, brass, synths, and enough rhythm to knock your socks off, Nathan Mac and Emily Haze are ending 2020 with a bang!
Strange and violent metaphors bounce back between the two singers, caught in a fight that neither of them want to be in. Domestic Wars hits hard with lyrics from every argument you’ve ever been through. “I refuse to clean up after you” becomes an angry anthem for everyone who’s had enough of someone’s s**t!
One year and 4 singles in, the ‘Start of Something Blue’ is starting to find its shape and style. With a new single to be released every two months throughout 2021, Nathan has a lot to contend with as an independent artist… but this debut album has already begun to launch the name Nathan Mac into the hearts and minds of people around the world.
Nathan Mac is a songwriter of consolation, content to be slightly forlorn… With a colourful history of circus performance and stagecraft, Nathan has taken his flair for the spectacular and built a whole new world of ‘Cinematic Pop’!
Releasing his fourth single in the last moments of 2020, he’s breaking out of this strange year and into 2021 with an ambitious goal… to finish his ‘Start of Something Blue’ album… and celebrate with a very unique surprise. After claiming accolades throughout 2020, his next year is lining up to be bigger than ever. We can only imagine that 2021 will be the year of Nathan Mac.
Emily Hazel is a young voice of Dublin! With her eyes set on pursuits in ‘child psychology’ she has dipped her toe into the ocean of performance to help her brother out when he needed it… and who knows, maybe she will be swept away by the tides.
From an early age the maturity of her voice had sunk in, performing with her brother during his time at BIMM and holding her own against vocalists twice her age. Now, as she breaks out in her first single, she doesn’t fail to do the same.
The siblings, both living together in Dublin, are always singing together. Nathan has written multiple songs for them, and they could release another hit at any time… you’ll just have to watch and wait on social media.
When asked about working with his sister, Nathan had this to say:
“I love my sister to bits. She’s one of the most talented singers I know, and I knew instantly that I wouldn’t have enough ‘attitude’ to pull this song off alone. Now it’s become a fan favourite, and I’m 100% sure that she’s the reason”
“JEJE” paying homage to her parents native country over a Romantic love song.
HXNEY is an Irish raised artist who is a Nigerian descendant, with both parents from Nigeria.
HXNEY decided to implement her native language (Yoruba) into her recent single to pay homage to the culture.
HXNEY who currently lives in the UK, travels to Dublin regularly for creative work and gatherings with friends and family.
HXNEY is a versatile artist and songwriter with the ability to tap into any genre “effortlessly”. She thrives however, in Modern Alternative RnB as opposed to the traditional RnB market. She is heavily influenced by Frank Ocean, due to his free thinking, along with the likes of James Fauntleroy, Lianne La Havas, Brandy, Jhené Aiko.
Fans and followers will notice that the sound of her music changes with every release due to her experimental nature, with her main strengths being her melodies, harmonies, tone, vocal range and arrangements.
The song Jeje was inspired by a brief relationship that had progressed too quickly.
The song is a break up letter packaged with soothing vocals delivered on a chilled acoustic instrumental.
Hxney says ‘‘The song was written from a pure state of consciousness, where I let my emotions flow freely. Jeje took me about 10mins to write unlike my previous work, and soon became one of my favourite songs of mine.
As we wrap up 2020 and as I start my new era as an artist, I felt like it was only right to share this with my listeners in order to introduce them to a fresh approach from me and connect with me on a different level”.
The meaning behind JEJE (Pronounced Jeh-Jeh)
Meaning: gentle Country of origin: Nigeria Language of origin: Yoruba
Jack Devlin holds the attention of any crowd, with a magnetic stage presence and undeniable energetic talent. He is a young singer songwriter with dynamic original music played both acoustically and with a full band. Alongside regularly playing in bars across Ireland, Jack headlines original gigs and spots at festivals, and accrues loyal and lively fans, often also supporting high class Irish and international acts, such as David Keenan and Hermitage Green. His music is reminiscent of Paolo Nutini, Jeff Buckley, Kings of Leon and Ben Howard among others; but with a raw, full voice that dips and soars, Jack creates an individually distinctive sound. Influences from folk, rock and indie genres are intertwined with a low-fi twist on many original tracks, resulting in a varied and recognisably unique musical catalogue. Working with other local artists on their tracks, and founding the original music night ‘Evening Noise,’ Jack is quickly becoming a respected influence within the musical community. Recently cherry picking some of the most gripping and addictive tracks from his catalogue of over 40 originalsongs, Jack has been working with producers Michael Mormeca and Phil Dalton to release his first EP in 2020.
‘Summer’ This song’s meaning is how life carries you through the years, how things within life evolve, drafting moments and memories from past summers and admiring the future in those moments of euphoria. Growing individually reflecting on moments of joy and even anxiety of the future as continues to evolve for us as individuals this song also has a feeling of relief and an uplift In darker times, knowing there’s always a better day ahead.
Recording Process As I was writing this song, I was hanging out with my little brother and he was chatting in the background when I was recording the voice note. We listened back a few weeks later. I really liked the vibe it gave so I took some recordings of our conversation and put it into the song. I am an avid Bike lover, so I suggested the idea of having a bike chain noise to add to the groove of the song Micheal took the idea and made some magic with it, it’s just subtle but I find it really cool, the ending of the song we actually made in the studio and it was a off the whim first take was cool to have that little bit of magic happen in the studio.
Toby is a 22 year old indie folk/pop singer songwriter from London.
Toby says, “Music for me has always been about connecting with people. It started out as a connection with my dad when he gave me my first guitar at 14 – a guitar I still play to this day.As time went on music brought me new connections with new people and through it I built my own family – a family that still stands with me to this day. Ultimately what music brought me turned out to be not only a connection to my family, New and old, but a connection to myself. A connection that I want to share.” He goes on to say, “My music has grown over the years and I’m finally at a place where I feel I can start releasing it. Music for me is a way to cope with the issues in my life, and also a way to celebrate the great moments too. A lot of my songs are written about either love, heartbreak or losing someone. I feel like people relate to all of those things and we can’t deny the emotions they create, and hopefully my songs are able to make those same emotions rise up for my listeners and help them to confront their emotions head on. ” “Mental health has been a huge thing for me recently as I lost my best friend last year to suicide, many of my songs echo my relation with him. And my music is purely dedicated to carrying on the work we created together. I’ve recently released a home made, self produced EP on SoundCloud, hopefully this can give everyone a taste of what my music is aiming for. I’m currently planning to release 3 singles on all platforms in the near future, with a higher quality of music production, and I’m currently recording with my producer in Tottenham. “
Dublin-based band FIRES. are set to release their highly anticipated debut EPClose Eyes, Deep Breathe, Runon December 11, 2020. The EP is a six song collection, and the culmination of three years of writing, demoing and recording. The project contains previous singles “Forgotten Sons,” “All For This,” and “Dream” along with three brand new tracks.
Dealing with themes such as loss, grief, and self-esteem, Close Eyes, Deep Breath,Run is a deeply personal set of songs sure to bring the listener on an emotional journey, while also packing the punch and catchiness FIRES. have become known for. The project is a strong demonstration of the sound that the band have achieved, and is an exciting insight into what’s next.
The EP is energetic and guitar heavy, with well-crafted songs, high attention to detail and creative composition. While punky and driving, the songs are also reflective and spacey, complete with emotive strings, synths and engaging voice-overs. Dublin based band FIRES. are an eclectic mix of punk sensibilities and catchy hooks. FIRES. were formed in 2017 by Michael and Alecksyy. Previously in a band together, the pair have spent three years relentlessly writing songs to hone in on their sound. The band describe their biggest inspirations as Rise Against, Slaves (US), and Fightstar.