It’s quite likely that David Long’s album ‘Water Has Memory’ won’t feature alongside names like Arcade Fire, Rudimental, and Foals in the numerous end of year album polls. Don’t let that put you off; Long’s debut ranks among the finest domestic albums of the year. After spending the late 1980s and early 1990s as vocalist with Into Paradise, David Long returned with new songs, and a new sound. Hear his session with Dan on The Alternative.
Princess are a four-piece from Dublin. The followed the release of their 'Black Cat' EP with their first UK live date, and a performance at Castlepalooza. In their own words, they create "A wide and spacious spectrum of sound. Blending elements of Krautrock, Psychedelic and Noise, their music has a firm grounding in melody and rhythm." They've been compared with acts like Deerhunter, My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr, and Can, which goes a small way in describing the sound that they've created. http://www.breakingtunes.com/princess
Ann Scott has been one of the most consistent Irish artists over the past decade. With the release of her fourth album 'Venus To The Sky', Scott has brought her songwriting to a new level; these beautiful songs with a distinctly individual identity. Having shared the stage with artists as diverse as Patti Smith, Howe Gelb and Fairport Convention, she has a wealth of experience. http://www.annscott.net/wordpress1/
NYC's Vampire Weekend have come a long way since forming in 2006. The band delivered album number three ‘Modern Vampires Of The City' earlier this years, and visited Ireland for the Longitude festival. This set was recorded at the Longitude festival, Marlay Park, Dublin on Saturday, July 20th. http://www.vampireweekend.com/ http://longitude.ie
The Last Sound is the creative force of Barry Murphy, with Bryan O'Connell. Formed by Murphy more than a decade ago, The Last Sound has released some of the most inventive music that these shores has produced during the past 10 years. The album 'Rainbow Xplode' surfaced earlier this year, and is a serious contender for Irish album of the year. Outside of The Last Sound, Barry Murphy has performed a number of times on stage as part of ex-Can vocalist Damo Suzuki's never ending tour band, also appearing on his 2009 live album One More Universe. He is also ...