• Irish Tracks of the Week – March 3rd

    It’s Bandcamp Friday once again, and it’s been yet another stacked week for Irish releases. Dig into the best of them featuring Lankum, Aoife Nessa Frances, Gareth Quinn Redmond, Conor Mason, Hands Up Who Wants To Die and more Lankum – The New York Trader False Lankum by Lankum Aoife Nessa Frances – Automatic Love Automatic Love by Aoife Nessa Frances Gareth Quinn Redmond – Ar Ais Aris Ar Ais Arís by Gareth Quinn Redmond Hands Up Who Wants To Die – Nil All HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO DIE – Nil all by FONORADAR brawni – Amber Brawni –…

  • Album Stream: Conor Mason – On The Surface

    As October gives way to the dark, nippy evenings of November and beyond, most of us will find ourselves turning to music – old favourites and new discoveries both – that double up as soundtracks to the seasonal transition. For some, this will(and, as we see it, absolutely should) include the extraordinary new album from Derry’s Conor Mason. Six years on from his second album, Standstill, On The Surface finds the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at the peak of his powers in the realm of carefully-crafted, and beautifully wistful alt-pop.  From the sublime harmonic arc and flow singles ‘Follow’ and ‘On The Surface’,…

  • Premiere: Conor Mason – Follow

    One of many shining lights in a potent local scene at the minute, Derry singer-songwriter Conor Mason is an artist of equal subtly and humility. Having released one of our Irish tracks of 2016 in ‘On The Surface’, new single ‘Follow’ is a beautiful and brilliantly-realised pop masterstroke conjuring everyone from Grandaddy at their most inward-looking, fellow Derry songsmith Chris McConaghy AKA Our Krypton Son and mid-era Elliott Smith. Released soon as a free download, have a first listen to the track below.

  • Premiere: Conor Mason – On The Surface

    Conjuring the wistful wanderlust of both Grandaddy and Villagers ‘On The Surface’ by Derry singer-songwriter Conor Mason is a song that “looks at feelings that arise when considering things that we can’t yet explain, the mystery of the unknown”. Taken from a forthcoming EP set for release at the end of January, it’s a real gem, too: mining solace from uncertainty, culminating in a call to recognise the beauty outside the static in our heads, it makes for a wonderfully crafted five minutes, revealing Mason to be a master of hook, harmony and heart.