Eoin Butler’s guide to downloads, singles and free audiostreams
“No album. No hairbrush. On Letterman. Take a bow,” was one tweeter’s succinct verdict when 24-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne slayed latenight US TV audiences last month. A fortnight later, the Bray native had much the same effect on daytime telly, performing his hit single Take Me to the Church on The Ellen Show. The guy’s schtick is original: he sings like Nina Simone and looks like he works the till at Maplin Electronics. So if you catch him at Longitude on July 19th or Indiependence on August 1st, do be sure to ask about the latest special offers on AAA batteries.
Take Me to Church
Nettwerk The lead single from I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, Sinéad’s Sheryl Sandberg-inspired 10th solo album, is not a cover of Hozier’s breakthrough hit, but rather an imperious anthem of rejection and renewal. O’Connor appears at the Westport Festival on June 29th and at the Electronic Picnic in Stradbally at the end of August.
North Circular Marathon
Artists This London electronic pop trio cite The Happy Mondays and Pet Shop Boys as defining influences. But North Circular, their latenight ode to drugs, bus stops and “the rapturous players of the petrol station” owes its largest debt to The Streets’ 2002 debut, Original Pirate Material. Even if Kev Kharas’ spoken-word delivery never quite matches Mike Skinner in full flow, he does manage to rhyme “white lines” with “The Irish Times”. But please, don’t try this at home.
I’m a Communist Too
Kammerpop are an Irish “seven-piece musical anomaly” whose reasonably adept mixture of classical, jazz and pop is less jarring than this video’s animated mash-up of the primary school maths curriculum with footage from The Storming of the Winter Palace. Three stars to the Soviets! kammerpop. bandcamp.com