Eoin But­ler’s guide to down­loads, sin­gles and free au­diostreams

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

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.

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