Nialler9’s New Irish Music: Le Galaxie, Joni, David Keenan, Orange Tree Edits and more

For his part, Rob Smith has given it a go on his solo side project The Swedish Railway Orchestra, which will receive a followup to a debut album later this year. Evergreen sounds like the band have been listening to EDM, Alt-J and tropical dance pop. VIDEO OF THE WEEK Joni – 292 Video by Joseph Ingersoll and Sarah Flanagan Capturing the house party vibe of the song itself (which is about going back to a house on Dublin’s South Circular Road and staying up all night on the sess), Joseph Ingersoll and Sarah Flanagan’s video casts the night out in neon colours to get lost in. Search Party Animal – Evergreen The young Dublin band formerly known as Bagels take on new textures and confidence on the first song under their new moniker. The quality is high here so if you like upbeat sunshine dance music with an Afro twist, then you can’t go wrong with this. RELEASE OF THE WEEK Orange Tree Edits – 002 Orange Tree Edits is a new Dublin label who are focusing on releasing edits of existing Afrobeat songs for the dancefloor. SONGS OF THE WEEK Le Galaxie – Pleasure The Dublin electro band’s first new song in a couple of years combines their gift for creating night-time tension and dancefloor square-wave propulsion with the returning and welcome voice of former Fight Like Ape May Kay, who is purported to feature on the band’s third album coming later in the year. Gahan cut her teeth growing up in Portugal where she performed in restaurants in the Algarve from the age of 16. Kitt’s contribution to 002 is currently my favourite. See is now in her fourth year of BIMM Music college in Dublin. There has been two 12” releases already and the first one with two edits by label founder Jimmy Rouge was snapped up in a day online with number two featuring reworks by Cove and Robbie Kitt. Emily Gahan – Schrödinger’s Letter The debut single and introduction to newcomer Gahan is a tender folk swirl with guitar, keys and hushed harmonics. NEW ARTIST OF THE WEEK David Keenan This Drogheda singer-songwriter is a classic storyteller, one man and his guitar giving it to the world as he sees it. There in lies the mystery of music-making, it’s hard to recreate alchemy. Paper Rabbit is typical of their tunes and they’ve a strong live reputation. The Winter Passing – Paper Rabbit There’s not much pop-punk in Ireland these days but The Winter Passing are probably up there with one of the best. Cobwebs is the 23-year-old’s debut single on his own label, guided by production hand of John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor and Damien Dempsey) backing him and there’s a salt-of-the-earth charm to his three-track EP. The Swedish Railway Orchestra – I Don’t See Daylight Anymore Have you ever caught yourself listening to LCD Soundsystem and wondered why no-one has tried to replicate the formula? This Dublin-based band are aiming where there is an audience for their music by releasing their debut EP via 6131 Records (North America) and Big Scary Monsters (UK/EU).