Five Irish tracks to kickstart your weekend. A collection of dark pop, indie guitar rock AND an 90s throwback that'll help you feel festive. For all the latest and greatest in Irish music, check out Irish Beats with Rob O'Connor every Sunday at 8pm on Beat 102-103.
From one of Ireland’s hottest new rising stars comes a dark pop banger with an infectious hook that you will not be able to get out of your head. ‘Bad Loser ’ by Pastiche was released on Friday 5th November, but the video as just landed. It was worth the wait.
Army of Regret
Following on from the success of their 2nd single Strong Suit - led in no small part by the brilliantly surreal video featuring Frank the man with an orange for a head, the anonymous duo Gorgeous Wrecks released their 3rd single Army of Regret and, subsequently, their debut album Gentle Art of Persuasion. Army of Regret is a head-bopping piece of acoustic driven synth pop, laden rock undertones and carried by the unique vocal talents of their (still) unnamed singer.
FYA FOX is the exciting new prospect, spinning tightly wound yarns of brooding and emotive alt-pop. A classically trained vocalist straying beyond Ireland’s traditional country/folk scene, FYA’s influences span from Banks, Lana Del Rey, and London Grammar.
Cut & Run
Carlow’s Hawk Jupiter highlights issue of domestic violence with new music video and single ‘Cut and Run’
Throwback: Zig & Zag
The Christmas No. 1
Last week it was Aching Baby, but this week sees another 30th anniversary of a stone-cold Irish Classic. Yup, in 1991 Zig & Zag released Never Mind The Zogabongs, a Yungian exploration of the Irish psyche set to a prog-rock electronic soundtrack. And it had nothing …. I repeat NOTHING …. to do with toast (if you're of a certain age, you'll get that reference). To celebrate its anniversary, the brothers from Planet Zog have uploaded the entire album to streaming services so a new generation can discover this masterpiece for themselves