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    Dan Hegarty - The Alternative Wednesday 7 October 2015


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    Sometimes you hold an act in high regard because you liked them years ago, when in actual fact they’ve released nothing of note for years. Mercury Rev have never been one of those acts for me, they’ve always justified the pedestal that I have placed them on in my mind! ‘The Light In You’ is every bit as good as any fan could have hoped for. It’s full of striking imagery, and has their trademark playful side too. If you were a fan years ago, take a listen to this, it’s an album that will surely draw you back in.


    The chances of Girls Names making a poor album were pretty slim, and the good news is that their latest is a thing of beauty; dark, brooding beauty, but beauty nonetheless. Like their albums that came before it, ‘Arms Around A Vision’ is such a well-rounded and crafted unit. They’ve added an extra layer of musical muscle here too, on songs that posses powerful undercurrents. 


    It’s album number three from Darkstar. From their string of singles in 2007 and 2008, through to 2010's 'North and 2013's 'News from Nowhere' albums, they've always come up with engaging material. When 'Foam Island' works, it does so splendidly, but there are some moments that you may not be as drawn to. Over all it’s a case of the exceptional outshines any areas of disappointment, on what could be described as a soundtrack to aspects of life in 2015.




    ‘On The Turn’ is one of the truly great Irish rock albums. The fact that it isn’t known as one of the great international albums from the 1990s is more than a shame. The Kilkenny three piece recorded the album in LA’s Sound City studio where Nirvana gave birth to ‘Nevermind’. ‘On The Turn’ was produced by GGGarth (Garth Richardson, who’s CV includes Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, L7, etc). Listen to ‘On The Turn’ now, and it’s impossible not to hear the power from songs like ‘Sally’, ‘Severed’, and ‘Sorry For The Record’. Dan features tracks all this week on The Alternative.


    The Alternative (with Dan Hegarty) - Wednesday, October 7:

    Foo Fighters - 'Learn To Fly'
    Otherkin - 'Feel It’
    The Crystal Method - 'Weapons Of Mass Destruction' 
    Le Galaxie – ‘Love System’
    Le Galaxie – ‘Solarbabies’
    Beastie Boys – ‘Hey Ladies’
    FKA Twigs – ‘In Time’
    Meltybrains? – ‘The Vine’
    The Beat – ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’
    The Frank & Walters – ‘After All’
    The Altered Hours – ‘Way Of Sorrow’
    The Chemical Brothers (feat: Beck) – ‘Wide Open’
    Beck – ‘Novocane’
    Hookworms – ‘Away/Towards’

    Hour 2:

    Oasis – ‘Hindu Times’
    C2C – ‘Down The Road’
    Delakota – ‘C’mon Cincinnati’
    Tomorrows – ‘Free’
    Little Green Cars  - 'Red & Blue’
    Garbage – ‘Milk’
    Yppah – ‘Bushmills’
    Scarlet Chives – ‘Hunting’
    The Horrors – ‘Three Decades’
    Girls Names – ‘Chrome Rose’
    Kerbdog – ‘On The Turn’
    Kerbdog – ‘Pledge’
    Ports – ‘Gameplay’
    Olive Cole – ‘Year Of The Bird’

    Hour 3:

    Interpol – ‘Narc’
    Beardyman – ‘Mountain Side’
    Doves – ‘Caught By The River’
    Galants – ‘Out Of Sight’
    Mercury Rev – ‘Coming Up For Air’
    The Bug (feat: Miss Red) – ‘Mi Lost’
    St Germain – ‘Real Blues’

    St. Germain’s Five-Track Shuffle:
    Miles Davis – ‘So What’
    Herbie Hancock – ‘Maiden Voyage’
    Nina Simone – ‘See Line Woman’
    Black Coffee feat. TOSHI – ‘Buya’
    Sonz Of Soul – ‘Deep Seduction’ (Original)

    Darkstar – ‘Go Natural’
    Swim Deep – ‘Imagination’

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