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Burn The Witch

XL Record­ings “I haven’t read a news­pa­per for months,” scoffed beat poet Allen Gins­berg, in Amer­ica. “Ev­ery­day some­one goes on trial for mur­der.” The first sin­gle from Ra­dio­head’s ninth stu­dio al­bum is a throb­bing, “low-fly­ing panic at­tack” set to mu­sic. Par for the course from the group, one might say. But it is the video (a stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion retelling of The

Wicker Man, set, some­what in­con­gru­ously, in ap­pears to be Post­man Pat’s home town) that has set tongues wag­ging. Is the video, as some spec­u­late, re­ally about mass sur­veil­lance or the rise of Don­ald Trump? I think it could as plau­si­bly be a com­ment on the daily rit­ual of on­line sham­ing. Imag­ine, the clay­ma­tion sac­ri­fice is, say, Roddy Doyle and the vil­lagers are a bunch of Twit­ter busy­bod­ies who’ve worked them­selves into a tizzy over a Face­book post? Works for me any­way.


Wait Un­til The Morn­ing Comes

Niamh Parkin­son (the “I Am” part is re­dun­dant, is it not?) is a Dublin- based mul­ti­in­s­tu­men­tal­ist in the Kate Bush/Julie Feeney mould. Her de­but al­bum Won­der­land was re­leased last year.


Won­der Lit­tle

L Records Wastefellow is a Dubliner named Di­olmhain In­gram Roche. His moniker is bor­rowed from the lyrics to Vennu Mallesh’s in­fa­mous YouTube smash It’s My Life What Ever I Wanna Do. And his video will make you feel like you’re hav­ing a stroke. What’s not to like? Oh yeah, the stroke part…


This Is What You Came For

Sony The cover art for this fea­tures a fire­bolt flash­ing over a moun­tain. And five years af­ter he and Ri­hanna col­lab­o­rated on the mon­ster hit We Found Love, the Scot­tish pro­ducer is no doubt hop­ing light­ning strikes twice. Will it? Who knows? This chart pab­u­lum all sounds pretty much in­ter­change­able to me at this point.

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