This is simple. We love these songs. You should listen and tell us what you think of them.
Let me also point out that this is not necessarily focused on new songs. Just what we’ve been listening to and loving this week.
1. Orchards – ‘Darling’
This is already the second time Orchards have been on our favourite songs of the week list. It is primarily because they are class. ‘Darling’ combines a funky/proggy/mathy approach and is topped off with a seriously infectious pop sensibility. Good craic.
2. Harvestman – ‘Levitation’
So the new track from Steve Von Till’s Neurosis side project Harvestman is an expansive and dense trip. Is that a surprise? Focusing on repetition and atmosphere, the track sits somewhere between shoegaze and post punk. A soothing adventure, the song is one that lulls the listener into a daze with it’s hypnotic circular melodies and rhythms.
3. Daithi – ‘Aeroplane’ feat. Sinead White
The latest single from indie/electro producer Daithi, is an upbeat but laid back number that celebrates Irish TV dramas of the 80s/90s. Featuring the lush vocals of Sinead White, the track is effortlessly melodic and playful.
The accompanying video is equal parts fascinating and deeply sad. I’ll let Daithi explain, “The video for the song uses footage from a short film that was shot in my home town Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, in the 1990s. The video stars real locals from the area, and deals with the hardships of being a bachelor in rural Ireland. I had completely forgot about it until I came across the tape in my parents’ house, and some of the footage is just incredible.”
4. THUMPER – ‘Fear of Art’
The last EP to be released from this Dublin lo-fi alt rock quartet was pretty damn unhinged. ‘Fear of Art’, gleaned from their recently released Pop! Goes The Weasel EP, is a more focused and direct jam. Don’t worry though, there’s still enough dirty, filthy fuzz and idiosyncratic nonsense on show here to ensure the track reaches the heights of their previous work.
5. Ailbhe Reddy – ‘Fingertips’
Here’s the latest track from Irish indie/folk singer/songwriter Ailbhe Reddy. ‘Fingertips’ is a delicate and yet defiant song that explores the nuance of Laura Marling and the confrontational nature of the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. The track is taken from her Hollowed Out Sea EP, which will see release on May 24th.