New Releases of the Week (19 March 2021)

The cover of Nagam’s ‘Objectif lune’ EP

New Releases of the Week (19 March 2021)

A round-up of recent releases, including Nagam, Friction Farm, Edel Meade, Clannad and Denise Chaila, and Twin Diver. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]

Nagam – Objectif Lune
Objectif Lune, the debut EP by emerging Dublin artist Orán Magan – performing under the moniker Nagam – is out today. The ambient, electronic four-track record features synths and a spoken word style of vocals throughout. Magan is inspired by artists such as EDEN, Malaki and Everyone You Know and the EP is about nights out on Dublin’s Grand Canal, the hardships faced by today’s youth, and reminiscing about better times before lockdown. The name Objectif Lune was inspired by a TinTin comic of the same name. Visit: 

Friction Farm – Evidence of Hope
US folk duo Friction Farm have just self-released a new album, Evidence of Hope, which explores the topics of fear, loss, immigration, family and protest. The album was originally planned for summer 2020, but the pair – Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay – decided to postpone its release due to the pandemic. Throughout the year, they re-shaped the album by adding new songs and removing others to reflect their year and in response to requests from fans. Evidence of Hope, Friction Farm’s first self-produced album, features guest musicians Cheryl Prashker (Runa) on drums and percussion, Tracy Grammer on violin, Joe Jencks, Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers on backing vocals, and more. Visit:

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Edel Meade – Brigids and Patricias
Limerick-based singer-songwriter Edel Meade released her second album Brigids and Patricias earlier this month to coincide with International Women’s Day (8 March), following on from her 2017 debut Blue Fantasia. This new body of work by Meade reflects on life as an Irish woman in the 21st century, shaped by Irish history, folklore and modern society at large. Tracks include ‘Song For Bridget Cleary’, about the Tipperary woman burnt alive by her husband in 1895, and ‘Long Way To Go’, a spoken word piece challenging misogyny and the cervical test scandal which emerged in Ireland in 2018. Visit:

Clannad featuring Denise Chaila – In a Lifetime (live)
Clannad have just released a new version of their 1985 track ‘In a Lifetime’. The original version featured Bono as a guest vocalist whereas Denise Chaila lends her vocals to the new track, which was released on St Patrick’s Day. The collaboration between Clannad and Chaila comes ahead of the band’s upcoming farewell tour, due to begin later this year. Visit:

Twin Diver – Television
‘Television’ is the new single from emerging post-punk duo Twin Diver. The pair moved to London in early 2020 to begin touring their work. However, when the pandemic began, they were left temporarily stranded with just a bass guitar and a midi controller as their instrumentation. This resulted in new musical experimentation for the pair, and the beginning of a new, grungier lo-fi sound. According to Twin Diver, ‘the track delves into how people want to feel special and the pursuit of that feeling… everyone has a strange thought process around needing to feel important… As people in general, we have a very precarious sense of self.’ Visit:

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Published on 18 March 2021

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