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Arrow in the Sky – Winter’s Requiem [MUSIC]

Arrow in the Sky consists of a deuce of multi-instrumentalists,

Conor McCauley and Brian Murphy. They hail from Ireland’s belly

button where they have been honing their craft for a number of

years in one ensemble or another. Driven together by a mixture

of circumstances, of which there is no need to go into here,

they have created two fine and upstanding mini-albums

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Do What Thou Wilt (2009) and

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Winter’s Requiem (2011)

They are currently hard at work on their debut full length

recording, which is sure to be epic!

The sound live can be likened to other harmony laden,

song driven artists such as CSN and Simon & Garfunkel or

more contemporary artists such as My Morning Jacket,

Fleet Foxes and Bowerbirds. With an arsenal of traditional

instruments doing very untraditional things, strange and

boundless vocals, Arrow in the Sky have created a world

and sonic imagery all of their own. Weaving an aural tapestry

of folk, blues, alt-rock into their own unique blend of

Irish-Americana.

“’Winter’s Requiem’ proves to me that they are one of Ireland’s best bands in the Folk-rock genre.” Peter Nagle – 2uibestow.blogspot.com

“With these gorgeous folk melodies on their second EP, Arrow in the Sky mark themselves out as a force to be reckoned with” Ronan Hunt-Murphy – swearimnotpaul.com

 

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By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

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The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy [NEW MUSIC]

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The Middle East are a musical collective based in Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Forming in 2005, the group played locally and completed several East Coast tours of mainly Christian festivals throughout Australia. In early 2008 they released an album called The Recordings of The Middle East before splitting up. Eight months after this decision was made, the band reconvened and later re-released an abridged version of the debut album, The Recordings of the Middle East as an EP in May 2009 through Spunk Records (AU). This EP was released in North America on the 27th of October, 2009. Their first full album, I Want That You Are Always Happy was released in Australia and New Zealand on 8 April 2011.

photo by: Lauren Farmer

The genre of the band themselves is difficult to specify. Whilst their MySpace profile lists the band as “indie”, elements of folk, pop, post rock, country and ambience can be found throughout their music. Instruments used include guitar— both electricand acoustic, drums, hand percussion, piano, glockenspiel and trumpet. Another distinguishing feature of the band’s music is the use of vocal harmony—in particular close harmony performed at times by several members.

The band have gone on to receive national radio airplay on Triple J and slots on several major Australian festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, the Big Day Out, Big Sound, Homebake, and the Woodford Folk Festival. As well as this, the band have toured with international bands such as British group Doves and have also achieved minor, developing interest in the United States, where The Recordings of The Middle East was released on October 27. Much of the interest surrounding the band can be related back to the blogosphere, with indie blog I Guess I’m Floating introducing the band stateside in May 2009. Thereafter The Middle East had over one hundred blog entries from around the world writing about the band. Recently,Pitchfork Media offered a free download of the song “The Darkest Side” as a part of their weekly Forkcast; describing the song as “a simple, finger-plucked acoustic affair with alternating and harmonizing vocals that lend the hushed track a sense of beleaguered hope”. They also were nominated and won the Triple J 2009 ‘Unearthed’ Award.

In October 2009, it was announced that the band would be opening for US band Grizzly Bear in their Melbourne shows. They were also announced as the support act for one of the band’s Sydney Festival shows. On November 11, 2009, it was announced that the band would be part of the festival Big Day Out, announced as part of the second line up, in East Coast areas.

Their songs “The Darkest Side” and “Blood” came in at number 87 and 64 respectively on the Australian Triple J Hottest 100 in 2009.

Their song ‘Blood’ is also featured in the films Accidents Happen and It’s Kind of a Funny Story as well as an episode of the Australian television comedy-drama series Offspring and a TV commercial for the European bank BNP Paribas.

check out more from them at their Facebook or Myspace

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland |@shaynewithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

 

 

Middle Brother [NEW MUSIC]

Middle Brother is an American rock band consisting of songwriters and musicians John J. McCauley III of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit. They played their first show at the 2010 the SXSW film conference and festival at the Ale House in Austin, Texas, where they performed under the moniker “MG&V” in an unannounced appearance. The band played their first official show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on December 20, 2010 under the official name of Middle Brother.

Find out more about them in their own words here with this Rolling Stone interview and at their Facebook, [dot] com or Twitter 

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland |@shaynewithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Luke Slott – Create in Me a Pure Heart [MUSIC]

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The enchanting music of Luke Slott has been compared to Philip Glass and Michael Nyman. Born to a family of actors, musicians, writers, producers and choreographers, and raised in a house with a hundred talking parrots, dogs, rabbits and reptiles, the 26-year-old multi-instrumentalist Slott grew up in the menagerie of his Dublin family home hearing music – human and animal – from all sides. His brother Mike Slott forms half of acclaimed hip hop duo, Heralds of Change, while their father, the late trumpet-player Mike Nolan, was the founder of Ireland’s longest-running jazz club.

At the age of twelve, Luke began learning the trumpet from his father via old records by jazz legends like Chet Baker and Miles Davis, and then went on to study classical piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Having won the Heineken Green Energy Band Challenge and signed a major record deal at the tender age of 18, Slott spent several years as lead singer with Irish rock band Melaton, but after two critically-acclaimed singles and a never-released album, he left the band and started to explore other areas of music.

In 2005, Slott conceived and hosted a series of multi-cultural-house-concerts entitled ‘Unity-in-Diversity’ in his Dublin family home, where crowds of friends and neighbours would gather each week to attend intimate performances by some of Ireland’s leading musicians, and recitals by some of her best-loved poets. Saxophonist Keith Donald (Moving Hearts), flautist Brian Dunning (Puck Fair), violinist Cora Venus Lunny, cellist-singer Vyvienne Long, poets Macdara Woods and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, as well as a host of Irish bands including the Chapters and Star Turtle, were among the many artists who shared their talents in Slott’s family home. ‘Sometimes we’d have 70 people packed into these concerts in our living-room,’ Slott recalls. ‘Each week we would cook food from a different part of the world, and share some ideas from different cultures. It was a big undertaking, but I think it brought a lot of people together.’

In 2006, Slott left Ireland and moved to New York, where he taught music, played piano in restaurants, and honed his song-writing skills in the clubs and open-mics of downtown Manhattan. A year and a half later, he returned to Ireland and set out on a tour of house-concerts around the country (‘I just called a bunch a friends and said, “Hey, can I play a concert in your house?”,’ says Slott). In between playing concerts in living-rooms around Ireland, he began to record a batch of piano compositions which he had written in the years since Melaton. He then launched his own website, and promised a free 2-track CD of his piano music to the first 1000 visitors to www.lukeslott.com. He indeed fulfilled his promise, and sent 1000 free CDs around the world. ‘It broke the bank,’ says Slott, ‘but I think fans really appreciate getting a gift directly from the artist. It has given me an invaluable connection to my listeners.’

Slott continues to sing and write songs and promises a return to the singer-songwriter scene in due course, but his ambitious debut release as a solo artist is the instrumental ‘Don’t Go Back To Sleep’, a collection of ten pieces for solo piano whose darkly humorous waltzes hint at Slott’s love of Chopin – a fitting nod to his own Polish ancestry.

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Kanyu Tree – Radio [NEW MUSIC]

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Sony Music Ireland’s newest signings The Kanyu Tree are Daniel, Shane and Óisín Cluskey, three brothers from Salthill in County Galway. The Kanyu Tree release ‘Radio’, their debut single, in Ireland on Friday 15th April. This is the first track to be taken from their debut album which will be released later this year. Sony Music Ireland’s newest signings The Kanyu Tree are Daniel, Shane and Óisín Cluskey, three brothers from Salthill in County Galway. The Kanyu Tree release ‘Radio’, their debut single, in Ireland on Friday 15th April. This is the first track to be taken from their debut album which will be released later this year.

The track was mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice who has mixed some of the biggest songs for artists like Paloma Faith, Daniel Merriweather, Metronomy, Depeche Mode and U2. The track was mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice who has mixed some of the biggest songs for artists like Paloma Faith, Daniel Merriweather, Metronomy, Depeche Mode and U2.

Here is the Debut Single video “Radio”

http://www.muzu.tv/player/getPlayer/a/P3uFwbS5fa/vidId=930836
The Kanyu Tree – Radio on MUZU.

check for info here – Facebook , TheKanyuTree.Com

Here is a remix of People Street by fellow Irish man Jape

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Sacred Animals : Welcome Home EP [NEW MUSIC]

Released Oct 1st 2010
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Sacred Animals’ native Wexford to Dublin along the coast is a straight road, but veer a few miles off it and you find yourself up in the mountains. From the Sally Gap you can look out across Lough Tay hundreds of metres below and see the wind carving its way through the hills. “The energy is incredible – so primal. You realise life is pretty fleeting. But that’s kind of precious in a weird way.”
And the music’s precious too. It draws on the rich tapestry of styles and sounds that make this such a compelling time to make music but also draws from those hidden places – Darragh’s is not a completely clear vision of what the music is and might become. “It’s about everything that makes artists we love, people like Thom Yorke, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) create and then go back and explore. I’ve written songs for years and have always loved doing it. But when the songs start coming out like this, from somewhere I couldn’t always reach, that’s something really exciting.”

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC