New Releases of the Week (14 May 2021)

Steve Cooney and Clare Sands (Photo: Kasia Kaminska)

New Releases of the Week (14 May 2021)

A round-up of recent releases, including Clare Sands with Steve Cooney and Tommy Sands, Joshua Burnside, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Local Boy and David Kitt. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]

Clare Sands featuring Steve Cooney and Tommy Sands – Abair Liom do Rúin (Tell Me Your Secrets)
Cork fiddle-player Clare Sands has just released ‘Abair Liom do Rúin (Tell Me Your Secrets)’, the second song from Sands’ new series of works, ‘Tírdreacha agus Fuaimdreacha’ (Landscapes and Soundscapes). The song series – which spans the seasons of the year across the four provinces of Ireland – saw the release of its debut track in February, ‘Carry My Song’ featuring Susan O’Neill. ‘Abair Liom do Rúin (Tell Me Your Secrets)’ features guitarist Steve Cooney and folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tommy Sands. ‘We wrote and recorded the song over three days and nights by candle-light to create a mantra that growls from the belly and sings from the heart’, said Sands, ‘‘Tell Me Your Secrets (Abair Liom do Rúin)’ is a transcendent, traditional trance-like ode to Spring that pulsates and captivates the young and the old, pulls and pushes the brave and the bold.’ Visit:

Joshua Burnside – Higher Places
Higher Places is the new album from folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside. The record is an eight-track collection of b-sides, remixes and demos, and according to Burnside, is ‘the sister album’ to Into the Depths of Hell, his album released in September 2020. This new record includes previously unreleased songs such as the title track (which was inspired by Flann O’Brien’s novel The Third Policeman), ‘Never Was Never Were’ and ‘The Only Thing I Fear’. It also includes new remixes of songs from his previous album, including ‘Whiskey Whiskey’ and ‘Driving Alone in the City at Night’. Purchase the album on Bandcamp: 

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Maria Doyle Kennedy – Fire on the Roof of Eden 
Singer-songwriter Maria Doyle Kennedy’s new album Fire on the Roof of Eden is out now. The record is the eleventh album to be released on her own label, Mermaid Records, which she founded in 2000 with her husband Kieran Kennedy, who also performs on this album. The 28-track record is Kennedy’s latest release since live album Live at el Lokal in 2018 and Maria DK in 2017. Purchase the album on Bandcamp:

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Local Boy – Local Boy Helps Himself
Dublin-based pop musician Local Boy has just released his latest EP, Local Boy Helps Himself, following a series of single releases this year such as ‘Thoughts’, ‘Al Bundy’ and his 2019 EP Local Boy Ruins Everything. Delivered through an upbeat, dance-pop sound, the EP centres around the idea of toxic positivity, and how it can make us feel guilty for our negative emotions. ‘I really wanted to get a cohesive message across with this body of work while still retaining the playful energy of my earlier releases,’ said Local Boy. ‘Since the pandemic began so many of us have turned to online self-help outlets to try to weather the storm we’ve found ourselves in, and so much of that content serves no purpose other than to uphold the neoliberal orthodoxy that our pain is a personal failing and not indicative of wider problems in society.’ Purchase the album on Bandcamp:

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David Kitt – Laser Days
Singer-songwriter David Kitt has this month released Laser Days, a new album of previously unreleased material written between 2007 and 2011. The record was made using stereo mixes and cuts from when Kitt originally worked on the album, the latest dated October 2011. Laser Days features singer-songwriter Katie Kim on vocals in ‘Ever fall in love’, while Kitt’s brother Robbie co-wrote two tracks, ‘Stray Bass’ and ‘Yes oh yes’. Kitt has released several works this year already including 20 Part 1, 20 Part 2, and ‘Footsteps’, and next month will release a new album with Dublin label All City. Purchase the album on Bandcamp: 

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Published on 14 May 2021

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