Ahead of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize special live event at Vicar Street on Thursday March 3rd, we're showcasing the records shortlisted for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2021...

Listen to Isles by Belfast-born, London-based duo Bicep (Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson) below, via Spotify.

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Two years in the making, Isles expands on the artful energy of Bicep's eponymous 2018 debut album, while digging deeper into the sounds, experiences and emotions that have influenced their lives and work, from early days in Belfast to their move to London a decade ago.

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"We have strong mixed emotions, connected to growing up on an island" they say, "wanting to leave, wanting to return". Isles is, in part, a meditation on these contradictions, the struggle between the expansive and the introspective, isolation and euphoria.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize Conversations will take place on Wednesday 2nd March, bringing together artists and music industry professionals to discuss and explore some of the key issues affecting both performers and the wider music industry at the present time - find out more here.

Find out more about this year's RTÉ Choice Music Prize here.