With so many new artists on the scene it’s often hard to choose our favourite. So we delved into our big bulging folder of great local music and found these four fantastic releases for your perusal.
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This is the first single release for Larne trio Odibal from their forthcoming album Broken Bridge. Recorded at Red7 Studios Fly Away is out in June and is described by the band as a modern fusion of classic folk with edgy lyrics and room-filling guitars and bass.
Odibal are Keni Brownlow (vocals, guitar, percussion), Mickey Gorman (vocals, acoustic bass) and Murray McDowell (vocals, guitar, accordion, harmonica).
Already having been picked up by former Kerrang radio star turned promoter Emma Scott, Belfast band The Crossfire Hurricanes have created what they call a “psychedelic wave of rhythmic riffs and swirling guitar effects which crashes into punchy chorus stabs attacking you like a shower scene at the Bates Motel” record.
Crossfire Hurricanes are Brendan McGreevy, Johnny Nicholl, Owen Duffy,
Belfast R51 are best known for their singles Boxkite and Slowhound. This release features 5 tracks spanning the band’s dream-pop and alternative rock live genres. The EP was self recorded and will be released under the bands own label.
The EP also features the single Absolutely Nothing which was released in January.
R51 are Melyssa Shannon (vocals), Jonny Woods (guitar/vocals), Aaron Black (guitar/keys), Anton Hughes (bass) and Matt Killen (drums).
This self-produced EP draws inspiration from a diverse range of influences from Beck to David Bowie, showcasing the band’s delicately weaving harmonies and lyrical wit.
Lazy Flies is comprised of three multi-instrumentalist brothers who are quickly carving a niche for themselves on the local music scene.
Lazy Flies are Steve, Graeme and Dave
This record features a blend of alternative acoustic music and complimentary percussive use of the guitar.
The title track Gravity features a mixture of fingerstyle melodies, moving baselines and powerful chords.
Influenced by artists such as Bright Eyes, Billy Bragg, Brand New, The Gaslight Anthem and Bruce Springsteen this six-track EP was written, recorded and produced by Darren himself.