The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Festivals - with Aoife Barry

JAN­GLY GUI­TARS and sweet har­monies make for great sum­mer lis­ten­ing – and one al­bum that has all of the above is the just-re­leased Crowns by Gin­nels.

It is one of the records fea­tured on this month’s New­found Sounds pod­cast, avail­able now for down­load at irish­, and will be re­leased in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Dublin-based Popi­cal Is­land col­lec­tive on Au­gust 10th. A launch gig will be held that same night in the Lit­tle Green Street gallery, Dublin. Live, you’ll find mem­bers of other Popi­cal Is­land bands play­ing in Gin­nels, but es­sen­tially it is a solo project by Mark Chester.

The al­bum fea­tures 20 songs and will be re­leased on lim­ited edition dou­ble cas­sette, keep­ing with its lo-fi theme. See gin­­

Many of us mourn the fin­ish­ing up of the Richter Col­lec­tive, but bands such as Croupier are here to re­mind us that lots of Ir­ish mu­si­cians were in­flu­enced by its work. Croupier’s new track Creo

Beast has that fa­mil­iar an­gu­lar sound and gives a taste of their self-ti­tled de­but al­bum, re­leased on the Eleven Eleven la­bel on Au­gust 24th and launched the same night in Whe­lan’s, Dublin. See

Cel­e­brate the rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit of the artist Frida Kahlo with a lis­ten to the sweet sounds of Frida Kahlo’s

De­light by Ríona Sally Hart­man (above). Hart­man’s sound is self-as­sured, with a beau­ti­ful touch of jazz. Lis­ten at­man

Gal­way band Mi­lan Jay are cu­ri­ous in that they seem to have a dif­fer­ent sound for ev­ery re­lease. Their lat­est track, In the Shad­ows of Foot­steps, is harsh, pound­ing elec­tro-tinged rock. See face­­lan­jay­mu­sic

Cork’s Car­ried by Waves also have an elec­tronic sound, but in this case it’s more soft and sweet. Their de­but al­bum, Softly Held To­gether, is avail­able to down­load for free from car­ried­by­­

The cur­rent pod­cast is rounded off with Snap­shots by Eleven­tyFour, which will hit the (vir­tual) shelves on Au­gust 10th. Quirky, sen­ti­men­tal and a lit­tle twee, it’s very sweet in­deed.

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