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

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Se­dated Is­land

“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

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