OnSound: this week's albums, gigs and news

Updated / Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 15:45

Wyvern Lingo

By Alan Corr

Bray trio Wyvern Lingo release their debut album, Kylie's back and all the other new releases and gigs of the week

Gig of the week: Django Django, Tivoli Theatre, Dublin, Friday, March 2

It's great to The Tivoli (site of Oasis' first ever irish gig, pop fans and also due to host Public Image Ltd on August 26) back in action and keeping the cash-happy developers at bay and here's a cracker for a Friday night. Touring their recently released third album Marble Skies, the London-based art rock quartet have bolted hip hop beats to their slightly bonkers electro pop and continue to push boundaries while never neglecting to serve up large doses of fun.     

Friday, February 23

Aslan, Cork Opera House

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Saturday, February 24

Marlon Williams and Cut Worms, Whelan’s, Dublin

Elbow supported by John Grant, 3Arena, Dublin

Elbow always deliver surges of universal emotion and sterling grown-up musicality during their shows but make sure you get to the 3Arena in time to see the great John Grant play his own brand of mordantly witty soul-baring. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you won't want to go to the bar.    

Duke Special, The Unitarian Church, Dublin

Sunday, February 25

Seal, The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Rickie Lee Jones @ Vicar Street, Dublin

Monday, February 26

Imagine Dragons, 3Arena, Dublin

Wednesday, February 28

Everything Everything, The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

All My Friends with Molly Sterling, Tribal Dance and Tanjier, Button Factory, Dublin

Thursday, March 1

Stipe - The Definitive R.E.M. Tribute, Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Friday, March 2

Hue & Cry, The Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Stephanie Rainey, Cyprus Avenue, Cork

This week’s new album releases  

Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo


First things first - a wyvern is a winged two-legged dragon with a barbed tail. That’s some image to live up to but the Bray trio of Karen Cowley, Caoimhe Barry and Saoirse Duane succeed in alchemising a strange kind of mystery on their impressively fresh-sounding debut.

With their three-part harmonies to the fore, they swoop and arc as programmed synths and warm electronic modulations burble away underneath. Having toured with their former college friend Hozier and also with James Vincent McMorrow, Wyvern Lingo seem to have taken more musical cues from the latter with arrangements and moods that, like JVM, aspire to the almost otherworldly atmospheres of James Blake.

There are also touches of nineties neo soul on the sultry and predatory Maybe It’s My Nature, which calls to mind Toni Braxton. Themes of political and sexual politics occur throughout - Out of My Hands lashes out at being pigeonholed and I Love You, Sadie is a gender fluid love song. The vocals are never less than superb and nearly every song bursts with melody and invention.

Strangely, the best tracks are kept till last - the jagged guitar song Subside and the off-kilter When I Can (Rubbish). It can be a little manicured and tasteful in places but there’s muscle aplenty under those cool surfaces.

Also out this week

Vance Joy - Nation of Two (Atlantic Records)

Too $hort The Pimp Tape

Computer Magic - Danz 

Dessa - Chime (Doomtree)

S. Carey - Hundred Acres 

We Were Sharks - Lost Touch

Renata Zeiguer Old Ghost (Northern Spy Records)

Insecure Men - Insecure Men (Fat Possum)

Frigs - Basic Behaviour (Arts & Crafts Productions Inc)

Turnstile  - Time & Space (Roadrunner Records)

Sound off

Electric Picnic gone too mainstream for you? Try All Together Now, a new festival in Curraghmore Estate, County Waterford this August Bank Holiday weekend joins Ireland’s already impressive list of boutique festivals. The line-up so far is impressive with Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit, Underworld and Róisín Murphy among the first acts announced.

O Emperor made a very impressive return to the Dublin stage (following a recent gig in Cork) with a show in the city's Bello Bar. Some of their new songs have an almost Doorsian feel but they showed just how classy their roots really are by finishing their set with a cover of Life During Wartime by Talking Heads. More gigs and new releases from the Waterford band in the coming months.

Rory in full flight 

The great Rory Gallagher would have turned 70 on March 2 and to mark the occasion, Fender Instruments (USA), who recently located their HFQ to Dublin, are to name their boardroom after the guitarist. There will be various International tributes too, and in Rory’s adoptive hometown of Cork at Cork Institute of Technology’s Rory Gallagher Theatre and the Rory Gallagher Music Library in City Library. Check out RTÉ Archives for a wealth of Rory.

Kylie Minogue has announced that she will be playing dates in Dublin and Belfast this October as part of her Golden Tour. The Aussie pop princess (soon to turn 50) is kicking off her Golden Tour in Newcastle on September and will take to the stage in Dublin's 3Arena on Sunday, October 7 and Belfast's SSE Arena on Monday, October 8. The tour is in support of her forthcoming new album Golden.


Nialler9, the hardest working man in music journalism, launches his new music night in Dublin next week. All My Friends takes place in the Button Factory on Wednesday, February 28 and the plan is to make it a monthly event featuring three upcoming bands picked by Niall followed by a DJ set. This month's acts are Dublin match rock trio Tribal Dance, 19-year-old Tipperary singer-songwriter Molly Sterling Tanjier, and electro indie pop act Tanjier. Plus DJ set from Aimie LE BOOM til late.

Music on TV

Show of The Week

Tones, Drones And Arpeggios: The Magic Of Minimalism, BBC Four, 9.00pm, Friday, March 2

Musician Charles Hazlewood goes in search of classical music’s last great ‘movement’: Minimalism. In this opening episode he tracks down the pioneers of the genre, which began on America’s West Coast in the 1950s. Describing them as "prophets without honour", Charles explores La Monte Young’s groundbreaking experiments with musical form that included notes held for exceptionally long periods of time and drones, inspired by Eastern classical music and Hindustani singer Pandit Pran Nath.

Friday, February 23

The Making of Marc Bolan, Sky Arts, 7.00pm

Saturday, February 24

Annie Nightingale: Bird on the Wireless, BBC Four, 11.40pm

Later . . . Folk America, 1.40pm

The Who: Sensation the Story of Tommy, Sky Arts, 12.00

Sunday, February 25   

The Genius of Bert Jansch, BBC Four, 12.30am


Concert for George, Sky Arts, 9.00pm 

Monday, February 26

Singer Songwriters at the BBC, BBC Four, 12.00am

Tuesday, February 27

Je t’aime: The Story of French Song, BBC Four, 12.00am

Wednesday, February 28

California Comes to the Whistle Test, 12.00am

Thursday, March 1

Other Voices, RTÉ2, 11.15pm

Episode two features Mount Kimble, Songhoy Blues, Touts, Josh Burnside and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh.

Friday, March 2

Synth Britannica at the BBC, BBC Four, 10.00pm

Slash: Rasied on the Sunset Strip, Sky Arts, 11.50pm

Ireland’s Top 10 albums

"Five weeks at No 1. It's official, we're the new South Pacific!"

1 (last week) 1 (this week) The Greatest Showman Motion Picture Cast Recording (Atlantic) 

2 2 Divide - Ed Sheeran (Asylum) 

3 3 Dreams: The Collection - The Cranberries (Spectrum Music)

4 4 Picture This - Picture This (Warner Music Ireland)

5 5 Camila - Camila Cabello (Syco Music)

6 6 x - Ed Sheeran (Asylum)

9 7 Stoney - Post Malone (Republic Records) 

10 8 Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa (Warner Bros) 

13 9 The Very Best Of - Fleetwood Mac (WSM)

17 10 Culture Ii - Migos (Virgin)

Ireland’s Top 10 Singles


1 (last week) 1 (this week) God's Plan - Drake (Cash Money/Republic Records)

3 2 These Days - Rudimental/Glynne/Macklemore (Asylum)

2 3 Idgaf - Dua Lipa (Warner Bros)

4 4 All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar & Sza (Interscope) 

18 5 Friends -Marshmello & Anne-Marie (Asylum/Atlantic)

7 6 River - Eminem Ft Ed Sheeran (Interscope) 

8 7 Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello (Syco Music)

6 8 Breathe - Jax Jones Ft Ina Wroldsen (Polydor) 

5 9 Finesse - Bruno Mars & Cardi B (Atlantic)

10 10 Strangers - Sigrid (Island) 

Chart courtesy of IRMA

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Alan Corr @corralan