New Releases of the Week (18 June 2021)

Denise Chaila’s ‘061’ is out today.

New Releases of the Week (18 June 2021)

A round-up of recent releases including Denise Chaila, Dani Larkin, John Blek, Gráinne Mulvey, David Keenan and Scullion. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]

Denise Chaila – 061
Denise Chaila has today released her new single ‘061’ on Narolane records. The new track follows recent releases ‘Water’ – performed with God Knows and MuRli – and her debut album Go Bravely which won the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year. ‘061’ is produced by MuRli and the video is directed by Stephen Hall and filmed in Aillwee Caves in Clare and in County Limerick. The title is a reference to the Limerick area phone code and the video features a range of artists and people from Limerick. Visit: https://denisechaila.bandcamp.com/

Dani Larkin – Notes From a Maiden Warrior
Singer-songwriter Dani Larkin from Armagh releases her debut album Notes From a Maiden Warrior today. The album follows a series of single releases this year including ‘Love Part Two’ and ‘Love Part Three’. The album, says the artist, is centred around the concept of lessons on how to be a warrior, how to create change by learning from stories of old and from other realms. The album was launched yesterday with an online premiere as part of Women’s Work festival. Visit: www.danilarkin.com/

John Blek – Long Strand
‘Long Strand’, which references a beach in West Cork, is the first single from singer-songwriter John Blek’s upcoming album On Ether & Air, due for release on 10 September. The song, which follows Blek’s 2020 release Grounded #2, features accompaniment by jazz pianist Kit Downes. Visit: https://johnblek.com/ 

Gráinne Mulvey – Great Women
Great Women, a work for voice and electronics composed by Gráinne Mulvey, was commissioned by Dublin International Chamber Music Festival (formerly Great Music in Irish Houses), to mark its 50th anniversary in 2020 and is released in conjunction with the 2021 festival. The work is performed by soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and celebrates strong female figures who have impacted the Irish social and political landscape, such as Countess Markievicz, Rosie Hackett and former Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Purchase the record here: https://divineartrecords.com/recording/great-women/

David Keenan – Bark
‘Bark’ is singer-songwriter David Keenan’s new single and the latest from his upcoming album WHAT THEN?, following ‘Peter O’Toole’s Drinking Stories’ released in April. The artwork for ‘Bark’ is designed by Finland-based illustrator Ian Bourgeot and continues the creative theme started with ‘Peter O’Toole’s Drinking Stories’ where every song from the album will have artwork specially commissioned by Keenan. WHAT THEN? is out on Rubyworks on 15 October. Visit: https://davidkeenan.com/ 

Scullion – The Fruit Smelling Shop
Scullion’s self-titled 1979 debut album included ‘The Fruit Smelling Shop’, which was inspired by James Joyce’s UlyssesIn celebration of Bloomsday earlier this week, Scullion have released a new version of the song. ‘Sometimes,’ says Scullion’s Sonny Condell, ’when I’m trying to write a song, I get quite tired of my own lyrical ideas, and this was the case when I opened at random a page in James Joyce’s Ulysses… ‘The Fruit Smelling Shop’ came into being very quickly, it just happened, the chord sequence worked, and the words pushed and pulled me; into a chorus where “Blazes Boylan at the counter….” seemed to call for a strong C major, then the serving girl’s submissive “yes sir I will sir” felt like an E minor/A minor sequence.’ The new version of the song is released with a music video directed by Myles O’Reilly. Visit: www.scullion.com/ 

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Published on 18 June 2021

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