Lambing Season – Holywood & Girls – Audio

The Northern Irish alt-rock sextet Lambing Season are working towards the release of the LP The Quickening of the Year due out towards the end of the first half of this year.

Lambing Season - Holywood & Girls

Lambing Season

Holywood & Girls, from the forthcoming album, having been revealed a few hours ago and the second from the LP, is of quite different moment than the first song to surface – The Memory & The Flood. The melancholic hue has been cast aside to create, in Holywood & Girls, a sense of forward looking tentative optimism.

An approaching six minutes track (available on bandcamp as a standalone single) plays as though narrating a sense of lingering doubt in ones own mind as the song ranges from quiet acoustic tenderness to strident trumpet confidence in a series of interconnecting chapters.

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Lambing Season – The Memory & The Flood – Audio

The Northern Irish melancholic-rock sextet Lambing Season release the LP Quickening of the Year next year.

Lambing Season

Lambing Season

All multitude of vocal harmonies gives the first track to surface from the album – The Memory & The Flood (released as a stand alone single available on bandcamp) – a layer of texturing that spins a web of silk through the room and immediately draws a lump in the throat, with various instrumentation including piano, guitars, percussion and brass laying in the hinterland as the back drop to the aching beautiful and sorrowful lead vocal – leaving the listener wiping away tear streaks from the face.

The wistful melodies indicate of an LP to be keeping a keen eye for as to when it surfaces.

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Saint Sapphire – Scream – Video

The Northern Irish new-wave quartet Saint Sapphire were introduced earlier in the year.

Saint Sapphire - photo credit Zoe Faulkner

Saint Sapphire – photo credit Zoe Faulkner

With typical aplomb the latest single to be revealed by Saint SapphireScream – is a free flowing fuzzy ball of high octane rock’n’roll attesting to their ability to put together feisty songs that simultaneously have the listener launching themselves around the room in good humour.

Scream – Single – Saint Sapphire is available on iTunes.*

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Runabay – Too Soon (Reverie) – Single Review

The Northern Ireland based alt-rock sextet Runabay released the single Too Soon (Reverie) on the 3rd.



A fascinating composition (available on bandcamp) which is able to meld celtic-folk with indie-dance and rock into a three star Michelin meringue within which the further the listener indulges the more exotic in flavour one becomes immersed.

The sextet don’t use the plethora of bowed and struck stringed instruments to compete with each other, rather to create harmonies which carry, akin to epilobium seedlings, through the room on a current of thermals that gracefully swoop, lift and descend whilst holding the audience in rapt fascination.


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Band Of The Month – August 2017 – Editors’ Choice

With thanks once again to every musician around the globe for doing what you do – regardless of whether ever featured or not – it is you who makes the world a better place by your very existence…

Saint Sapphire - Band Of The Month - August 2017

Saint Sapphire

…the Editors’ Choice for Band Of The Month for August comes from Northern Ireland – Saint Sapphire.

Saint Sapphire EP – Saint Sapphire is available on iTunes.*

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