New Releases of the Week (25 September 2020)

Pillow Queens’ debut album ‘In Waiting’ is out today (25 September).

New Releases of the Week (25 September 2020)

A round-up of recent releases, including Pillow Queens, Linda Buckley, CMAT, Desi Wilkinson, Denise Chaila, Sorcha Richardson, God Knows and MuRli, Nicola LeFanu and Emily Magner Hurley. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]

Pillow Queens – In Waiting
Pop rock band Pillow Queens’ debut album In Waiting is out today, after a series of song releases this year such as ‘Handsome Wife’ and ‘Holy Show’. The album covers themes of self-love, queer love, transitioning into adult life, family, spirtuality and politics. The band also have a 16-date tour booked from February to May of next year. Visit: https://pillowqueens.bandcamp.com/album/in-waiting

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Linda Buckley – From Ocean’s Floor
Irish composer Linda Buckley’s new album From Ocean’s Floor is out now on NMC Recordings and features six works composed by Buckley in the past decade. Reviewed yesterday (24 September) in the Journal of Music, the record was described by Adrian Smith as ‘an excellent portrait of one of Ireland’s most interesting composers and will appeal to a range of tastes far beyond the contemporary music scene’. Visit: www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/oceans-floor

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Denise Chaila, Sorcha Richardson, God Knows, MuRli – Out the Gaff
Rap artists Denise Chaila, God Knows and MuRli have collaborated with indie singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson on this new track, produced by James Vincent McMorrow. Chaila, God Knows and MuRli will also perform a digital concert live from the National Concert Hall on Sunday. Visit: https://factionrecords.lnk.to/OutTheGaff

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Desi Wilkinson – Two for Joy!
Two for Joy! is the new solo album from flute-player and singer Desi Wilkinson, originally from Belfast. This is his third solo album following Three-Piece Flute (1987) and Shady Woods (2001), as well his five albums with the renowned group Cran. Wilkinson plays a number of flutes and whistles on Two for Joy! plus Scottish small pipes and electric tanpura, and also sings songs such as ‘John Barbour’ and ‘False Lover John’. Tune repertoire is both Irish and Breton, and includes a tribute to the late Ciaran Carson. He writes: ‘The music on this CD is a selection of memories and imaginings assembled in one place. The arrangements and interpretations are intended to convey something about my relationship with the “raw bar” of traditional/folk music.’ Two for Joy!  Is available to buy from http://desiwilkinson.com/

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CMAT – I Wanna Be A Cowboy, Baby!
Country-pop artist CMAT’s latest song ‘I Wanna Be a Cowboy Baby!’ is her third single this year, after her debut ‘Another Day (kfc)’ was released in April, followed by ‘Rodney’ this summer. CMAT will perform at Ireland Music Week next week as well as a series of live dates in Meath, Dublin and Cork next month. Visit: https://cmatbaby.bandcamp.com/track/i-wanna-be-a-cowboy-baby

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Nicola LeFanu – The Crimson Bird
Also out today on NMC Recordings is The Crimson Bird by British composer Nicola LeFanu (daughter of Irish–English composer Elizabeth Maconchy), featuring four orchestral ‘landscapes’: The Hidden Landscape (1973), Columbia Falls (1975), Threnody (2014) and The Crimson Bird (2017). ‘They are hidden and revelatory, imagined and remembered, liminal and arcadian, raw and sophisticated’, writes Kate Romano on the sleeve notes. Performers include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductors Norman del Mar, Colman Pearce, Gavin Maloney and Ilan Volkov, and English soprano Rachel Nicholls. Visit: www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/crimson-bird

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Emily Magner Hurley – Airs & Graces
Soprano, composer, cellist and pianist Emily Magner Hurley has this week released a solo album titled Airs & Graces. The solo piano album blends the styles of Irish traditional music with 19th century classical, resulting in 17 original compositions by Magner Hurley. Visit: www.emilymagnerhurleymusic.ie/

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Published on 25 September 2020

 

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