Created at Lady Shed Studios in Cork, Gerald Ahern brings us Wrong. On the radio since May 1st, the video for the track is now on air. When Gerald's mother died during lock-down, the talented songwriter had only one way to express his feelings. Putting pick to string and pen to paper, it took a journey of emotion and strength to put this piece together. With the band, Gerald Ahern has reached dizzying heights already. Their RnB hook-laden sound has landed them in support slots for Aslan, Picture This, Billy Ocean, Ryan Sheridan, and The Academic.
The music begins with a minor key. Slow notes muse on internal feelings. Unison instruments in bass and treble flow together in a thoughtful jam. The vocal opens, Gerald Ahern sings with clarity and perspective. His lyrics glisten on the bars with shimmering harmony. As the music progresses, Gerald Ahern reveals an athletic ability to change pitch into higher keys as the lyrics emote their power. The track is smooth and laid back with sensual beats that offer holding arms.
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Already a YouTube hit with his previous release making onto the Hot Press playlist, Christian Wethered is back with a new track. The songwriter/poet from Dublin has enjoyed success in the live music scene, his homely and intimate sound draw crowds from every direction. Building up to the release of Mon Petit Jardin, the forthcoming album, this next single offers another peek at the artwork. The song is written to express the feeling of rejection after a relationship ends against our wishes. When we have to re-write our future dreams without the feelings we used to enjoy it can take a long time.
It begins with a shuffling beat that shakes with a snappy snare. Melodious guitars flow in on choppy ripples of chord. The vocal begins, an almost spoken word begins to describe scenes and feelings. Other-worldly sensations shimmer from the harmonies between guitar and voice. Snippets of poetry intertwine with emotional verse-lines. Gothic undertones ink the gloom behind a radiant and progressive atmosphere.
You can find the music on Apple
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Christian Wethered's poetry book “I Don't Love You” won the Melita Hume Prize 2021.
Sipping Not Tripping
Introducing Tunolase Margaret Cole from Drogheda. Fresh off the presses with her second single, the Afroswing idola T. Cole hits Alternative Fruit. Inspired by artists such as Prince, Amber Marks, and Jackson 5, her sound takes traditional moves and utilises modern ideas. Built entirely from a few jammed chords courtesy of her Brother Josh in the studio, a rippling synthesiser, and a vocal line captured with a phone, this track redraws the boundaries on what makes a good sound. Building a song as a group with producer Solo was a different technique to how T. Cole has previously written material. About missing someone, and the fact we have to get on regardless, this seemed the perfect way to explain the sensation.
With rattling drums and shakers, the music opens. Tonal steel drums with a delicate muffle begin to describe an effervescent feeling. A soulful voice pours through, amazing to think it was done with a phone, the melodic and dynamic voice clearly dances over the bars with an RnB style buoyancy. A repeating riff builds under harmonies and vocal progression that sees a whole forest of words thrown in expert lines as quick as a flash. A really catchy and upbeat track, Sipping Not Tripping lifts you up.
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The Will McBride Group
No For An Answer
North Carolina's The Will McBride Group are back with their soulful jazz-band sound and another cracking single. The band were getting along well with gradual growth in all the right places when their work was brought to the attention of the drummer from Styx. This changed everything, as the band were given support slots not just for Styx but for ZZ Top, Eddie Money, and Gregg Allman.
Their new song starts with a few hits on the cymbals before a funky guitar fill breaks open the sound. A flow of drums, keyboards, and guitar chords decorate the spaces between the spaces until a swagger laden vocal begins. Melodic and catchy lines spill out in emotive lines that roll with the groove and keep steady to the beat. Bells and extra harmonising vocals bring out the chorus, I'm Not Taking No For An Answer. As the song progresses, musical outlets provide ample room for the musicians to show why they're great and why anyone would say no to this talent is beyond me.
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Out 1st May
The son of socialist vegetarians, the two meter tall Jody Bigfoot is ready with a brand new album. Jody had been instrumental in the anti-Iraq war protests and when the war went ahead anyway, he quickly lost faith in the traditional forms of civil action. If you think how you would react if a mob gathered outside your home to demand you do something for them? You'd wonder what the world was coming to. Bigfoot then decided to travel the world and get far away from his traditional society in order to find something new. Taking on the dirty jobs no-one else wanted and a few others in between, Jody was able to travel the world. When he discovered music, it became clear that through this medium the thoughts and feelings of protest can be delivered directly into homes. This is where everything began in the production of the album. Videoed in Japan and produced over a handful of years, this solo hip-hop production is a slice of the new generation with an education. The film has been produced by Tandaro, the German-born camera-man with a passion for spiritual and meaningful music. The pair met in person at Notting Hill Carnival a few years ago and decided this project was completely in the right direction. Focusing the lifetime attributes of Dao and Direction, with the kinesis of beats and rhymes, the message is being spoken.
The work is being slowly released over a period of time, and you can listen to the full soundtrack now on YouTube Music.
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