There is still a portion of new music fans that view electronica with suspicion, that if it can’t be done with the traditional tools (guitars, drums, vocals) then it’s not worth the effort. Such a shame really because this genre has so much to offer both in creative and experimental terms. Take, the Greg Hunt led, Brooklyn based trio of Huntronik who make real songs with their samplers, throwing in lots of guitars and drums too it must be said. For much of the time Huntronik are pushing the boundaries but hidden amongst the new directions are genuinely pretty ditties. Tracks such as ‘Baldy’ and ‘We Can Build You’ could make perfect mixtape material but you’ll find for the most part the songs on ‘Huntronik’ come alive in the context of the rest of the album. What a nice surprise to find a genuinely rewarding album in a shuffle obsessed music listening landscape.
Biggles Flys Again’s debut album sounds like one of those great pop albums you used to listen to and there are several reasons why. The first and most obvious one is that the man behind the moniker, Dubliner Conor Deasy, is especially adept at crafting 3 minute pop gems. Secondly ‘Remember Saturday’ was recorded with the aid of instruments from a forgotten era, namely Casio and Yamaha keyboards, a Hammond organ and a BBC Neve recording console. Music genres come and go but what will never change is that the kernel of popular sound is a good old fashioned tune and ‘Remember Saturday’ has them in spades.
Ireland has produced its fair share of troubadours over the years and while the addition of one more might not strike you as the most exciting thing ever you probably haven’t heard Liam O’Callaghan’s Turtlemeyer. The 26 year old Cork man, now based in Dublin, is releasing his debut album, ‘Hotel Shambles‘, on March 8th and what a hushed delight it is. Over the course of 10 tracks you’ll feel as if you are in Turtlemeyer’s recording space, hearing every tugged guitar string, feeling every genuine emotion as this album soothes its way into your affections. ‘Hotel Shambles’ is the epitome of a grower, an album that slowly impress upon you that life in the fast lane is for mugs.