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15 For ’15: Night Trap

Night Trap by Loreana Rushe

Having already featured Alana Henderson, Elastic Sleep, Oh Boland, Sissy, Axis Of, Boyfights, Princess, New Gods and Robocobra Quartet, the next Irish act in our 15 For ’15 feature is Dublin synth-pop duo Night Trap. Make sure to check this and all the rest of the featured acts out in the physical version of our January/February magazine, out soon!

Words by Aaron Drain. Photo by Loreana Rushe.

Dublin synth-pop duo Night Trap (Ciaran Smith and Jill Daly) are very much doing things their own way. Eschewing the kind of mainstream/house crossover guff that has seen far too many acts regrettably become household names over the past year, they are creating vibrant, synthesizer-orientated pop music that is reminiscent of early Depeche Mode yet champions a futuristic, technologically forward-thinking approach. Think Ladytron meets Vince Clarke. Sounds pretty sweet, right?

Striking that balance though, between retro and futuristic, in itself is a commendable achievement, but doing so with the kind of panache that Night Trap have shown us on 2014 tracks ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Rogue Spirit’ is an exciting appetiser for what’s likely to come. With a string of live shows under their belt too, notably supporting Women’s Christmas this past Novemeber, 2015 should see Night Trap bringing some much needed neon to the stage and glorious synth melodies to the masses. Amen. Aaron Drain

is the editor of The Thin Air. Talk to him about Philip Glass and/or follow him on Twitter @brianconey.