New Releases of the Week (21 May 2021)


New Releases of the Week (21 May 2021)

A round-up of recent releases, including Moxie, Elephant, Róisín O, All Tvvins, Senu, and Nialler9 and RTÉ 2FM. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]

Moxie – Is Ainm Dom
Alternative folk group Moxie have today released ‘Is Ainm Dom’, the first song from their upcoming album The Dawn of Motion, due for release later this summer. The song was created as a means for band members Julia Spanu (who grew up in Carthage, Tunisia) and Darren Roche to pay homage to each other’s cultures by combining intricate African rhythms with Irish jig-time. The weaving of the Irish and Arabic languages features throughout the song, which relates to the meaning of home and the importance of the journey that guides us through sunshine and storms. Visit:

Elephant – Envy
Dundalk-based singer-songwriter Shane Clarke, who performs as Elephant, has this week shared a new track, ‘Envy’, the first release since his 2018 album 88. Commenting on the inspiration of new work, Clarke said: ‘I hit a stage in my life where I had to decide what was important. It got me thinking about the ups and downs to each avenue of life. I could concentrate on my career, make a lot of money, but give up my free time… I could throw myself into my passion, but would I end up broke?! I couldn’t quite figure it out, so I just wrote a song about it instead’. Purchase ‘Envy’ on Bandcamp: 

Róisín O – 2023
Singer-songwriter Róisín O’s new song ‘2023’ is out now. The upbeat pop song was written in lockdown last year, but captures a sense of optimism for the reopening of society, post-pandemic. The song, which was written with Cian McSweeney of Cork pop band True Tides and produced by Phil Magee (who has worked with Kodaline, Wild Youth and The Script), follows Róisín’s previous release, ‘Heart + Bones’, from January. Visit: 

All Tvvins – Something Special
‘Something Special’ is the latest release from indie-pop band from Dublin, All Tvvins, out on Dublin label Faction Records. Following on from ‘Hope It Don’t’ in 2020, this new track comes from a wave of new material the pair wrote during the pandemic. Commenting on the work, band member Lar Kaye said: ‘I guess we are moving into the third phase of the band… This time it all came back to a simple set up, with instruments and a trust in each other to produce the sound of this band… I feel these songs sound like a band confident in their output and vision – it feels like we wrote songs that were the reason we started the band; they are hopeful, joyful and honest representations of our existence with a vision of escape and a joy from life. This is our next chapter as a band and it’s never felt better’. Visit:

Senu – Jetlag
Dublin-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Killeen, who performs under the moniker Senu, has today released his debut album Jetlag – a record that blends jazz with electronic and hip hop. Killeen, who has previously performed as a session musician with artists such as James Vincent McMorrow, Lisa Hannigan, The Divine Comedy and Villagers, commented on the inspiration behind the album: ‘Jetlag, as a whole, is about an experience meeting one of my musical idols, Evan Marien. I ended up staying in New York with him for a week and on return to Ireland I was overwhelmed with sleep deprivation, so I decided to challenge myself by attempting to write a full album in one night. This album is the result’. Purchase the album on Bandcamp: 

Nialler9 and RTÉ 2FM – The Music Biz
Niall Byrne of the Nialler 9 website and RTÉ 2FM have teamed up to produce a new six-part series covering the business side of the music industry. The show notes for The Music Biz describe it as ‘everything you ever wanted to know about the business of music. We’ve spoken to bands, bookers, producers, pr gurus, stylists, managers, lawyers – all the people who’ve experienced first hand the pleasures and pitfalls of this infamous industry.’ The Music Biz launched on Monday and the first episode features Byrne discussing the topic of music demos with pop artists CMAT, Ruthanne and Conor from Wild Youth. Subsequent episodes have touched on the topics of live gigging and PR and marketing. Catch up on Spotify:

To submit your music for inclusion, visit:

Published on 21 May 2021

comments powered by Disqus