Sunday, 26 November 2017

The Irish VidList - Silences, KEY, Tuath, Good Strangers & Echoes From Mars

Silences L.A.
Silences - Photo: Steve Carson Photography

Silences - L.A

Info: Our latest round-up of the best Irish music videos from the last two weeks (and one from a little further back!) is here featuring more delightful visuals and inspiring concepts from Armagh's Silences, hard-hitting Brighton / Dublin trio KEY who have just released their debut extended play EP1. We also feature the new video from Donegal-based prog-rockers Tuath, our new favourites Good Strangers and some 80's inspired funk-rock from Dublin's Echoes From Mars. I hope you enjoy....

Silences' new single 'L.A' sees the act go for a more arresting and hard indie-rock energy in comparison to their more familiar ambient style, and it fits them very well. Easily one of the most consistent and progressive projects on the island over the last few years, they once again manage to keep everything sounding fresh on the latest release. Song-writer and singer Conchúr White provides insight into both the song and the dark video; "L.A was written after I spent a week writing and perform in Los Angeles last year. I liked the city but it elicited a sadness. In Hollywood especially there are all these young people the same age as me trying to “chase their dreams” and then there are these other people in positions of power willing to take advantage of that. Musically it's probably the most chaotic Silences has sounded and I think that blends well with the subject matter." 

KEY - Show Me

As I've mentioned previously over the last few months it is refreshing to see more local bands producing high quality rock-based sounds. Dublin trio KEY certainly slot into this new and gradually expanding category with new single 'Show Me'. Interestingly, to my ears at least, their sound echoes a more southern hemisphere garage-punk style rather than influences from across the Atlantic. Immediately New Zealand's The Datsuns spring to mind, as well as Australia's Wolfmother, great stuff with a blistering finale to boot.

Tuath - Cuz why!?

Experimental rock five-piece Tuath released their latest single and accompanying video for track 'Cuz why!?' two months ago but we were late to the show and wanted to give it an airing here because we are digging it so much. With a shoe-gaze intro and baritone backing vocals that call forth a Whipping Boy Heartworm memory, in the tracks final-third Tuath dip rapidly between sonic belts and sudden stops before encompassing your ears with a fizzing wall of trippiness. If you like what you hear you might also enjoy recently released tongue-in-cheek (but very true!) song 'Facebook Was Making Me Depressed and Neurotic So I Disabled My Account and Wrote This'.

Good Strangers - Throwing Knives In The Dark

We recently featured previous single and video 'Visions In The Dark' from Mullingar's Good Strangers, and the four-piece are back with another single in quick succession, 'Throwing Knives In The Dark'. It finds the group in more contemplative mood versus the overt disco-feels of the last outing, however it provides a different type of impact, emotive and escapist and that undercurrent of funkiness is still retained in the chorus, ones to keep an eye on moving into 2018.

Echoes From Mars - Explain Yourself

We wrap up with the debut single by Dublin act Echoes From Mars led by song-writer and vocalist Cat Dee, 'Explain Yourself'. Visually Annie Lennox feels abound on the video, whilst musically it comes across as an ambient-electro version of Texas with added guitar-rock strut. Echoes From Mars plan on releasing their next single in January 2018 and it will be interesting to see how it compares to this stirring introduction.

To view our last selection of Irish music videos on The VidList, head over here