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The Thin Air Tracks of the Week: J Mascis, Solar Bears, Thee Oh Sees, Enemies etc.


You know, we got thinking: three years in, it’s really about time that we started herding up our very favourite tracks – Irish and international – and putting them in one place, each and every week. That very obvious thought developed into a very simple plan (ten or so positively must-hear tracks every Thursday) and here we are. This is it. You are here. Dig below.

Enemies – ‘itsallwaves’

RIP Enemies. Don’t miss their farewell show at Vicar Street in December.

J Mascis – ‘Waltz 2’ (Elliott Smith cover)

It probably shouldn’t work but it does. Go here, man.

Crystal Fairy – ‘Drugs On The Bus’

Melvins + At The Drive-In/The Mars Volta + Le Butcherettes = Crystal Fairy. Amazing.

New Pope – ‘The Claddagh’

As premiered on TTA, Galway’s David Boland AKA New Pope returns with a gem.

Hazel English – ‘Control’

A slick alt-pop masterstoke from the Australia-born, Oakland-based singer-songwriter.

Solange – Cranes in the Sky

Look far and wide, you simply won’t hear a better single this week.

Beach – ‘Ono Noh;

Another TTA premiere, the wonderfully ruminating ‘Ono Noh’ by Dublin’s Beach.

Solar Bears – Across Yesteryear

All but breaking our hearts, Rian Trench and John Kowalski also called it a day this week. But what a way to bow out.

Forth Wanderers – ‘Know Better’

A serious earwormer from the New Jersey slacker rock group.

Thee Oh Sees – The Poem

Probably the best band at their most perfectly restrained.

Pale Rivers – August 6th

As premiered by TTA, a stellar first single from Cork five-piece Pale Rivers.

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