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Ane Brun When I'm Free
Slow-burning and sonically adventurous, Ane Brun's new record, blends soul, funky bass ruminations and ethereal voices, and it's pleasant taster for what should be an impressive gig from the Norwegian singer who plays Vicar Street on December 7. At times she sounds like the Cocteau Twins, other times there's Amy Winehouse style soul, and the record gets funky too. Everything but country, maybe next time she will go to Nashville. Impressive and pleasant. Paddy Kehoe
Andy Irvine 70th Birthday Concert
A recently-released DVD and CD captures the electric atmosphere at Andy Irvine's 70th birthday nights at Vicar Street in 2012. A gang of friends and guests in various combinations – LAPD, Mozaik, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny - performed with the great balladeer. Brilliant, enriching. PK
The North Sea - Anniversary ****
It would be easy to categorise Dublin band The North Sea as late comers to the noughties Joy Revision party that spawned the likes of Editors, Interpol, and later, White Lies.
They certainly have a sound that summons up ghostly images of the long-coated serious brigade of the late seventies. Brittle chords, guitar jangle, and moments of rapture abound on their taut and hugely melodic songs.
They are a harsh rebuke to the bland careerism that has seized Irish pop and rock in recent years. Anniversary is one to play on sun-bleached days spent indoors and during the harrowing depths of another new January. Alan Corr
Joe Locke Love is a Pendulum
The American Joe Locke has over 30 recordings to his credit, but there is no sense of a musician resting on his laurels in this busily adventurous and, yes, vibrant, album which runs to just over an hour. With Robert Rodriguez on piano, Terreon Gully on drums and Ricardo Rodriquez on bass.
Elina Duni Quartet Dallëndyshe
Albaian born, Swiss-reared, singer Elina Duni’s second album for the renowned ECM label - the title Dallëndyshe translates as ‘the swallow’ - deals in love and exile and emotions that cut to the quick. Damn them all Yiber, the years you had to emigrate, run just two of the lines in the song, Yiber. Duni's quartet comprises the aforementioned Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfamamatter on drums. Beguiling Balkan riches. PK

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