Eoin Butler’s guide to downloads, singles and free audiostreams
ME AND MY DOG The Scenic Route
Popical Island ★★★ Me and My Dog are an impossibly youthful fourpiece from Westport whose music is infused with the lo-fi spirit of American indie pop. (Imagine The Drums’ breezy, disposable Let’s Go Surfing with the melodic chops of a Lapalco-era Brendan Benson.) They’ve just recorded a split album with Tuam’s Oh Boland, which will be launched on June 7th at Dublin’s Pop Inn on Little Britain Street in Dublin.
LANA DEL REY Shades of Cool Interscope
★★★★ It doesn’t take a mind reader to deduce that Lana Del Rey wants to record a James Bond theme. Seriously, Fr Dougal’s matador costume hints were subtler than this. And on the evidence of this five-minute showstopper, Bond producers would be crazy not to give her the job. Shades of Cool is mournful, intoxicating and just about the best thing Del Rey has ever done. Her second album, Ultraviolence, is out June 13th.
PEACH KELLI POP Mindreader Porchcore
★★★ Everything about Canadian songwriter Allie Hanlon is upbeat. The infectious hooks she writes, giant choruses and chipper vocals. Hell, even the record itself sounds like it was recorded for the price of a Happy Meal.
SAM SMITH Leave Your Lover Capitol
★★★ Twist endings in pop videos have a somewhat chequered history – mainly because the twist is almost always the same. For example, someone in the video we thought was straight is actually gay (see: Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe, The Prodigy’s Smack My B*tch Up, etc), In this latest effort, recently anointed “male Adele” Sam Smith appears throughout the video to be involved in a polyamorous relationship with both other members of a sexually ambiguous jazz trio, which makes the final reveal (he likes guys!) somewhat less than a bolt from the blue. Still, it’s not a bad tune.