On the first Friday of every month, to coincide with BandCamp Friday, a member of the MNÁSOME Team will share some of their top picks who are currently making waves on the Irish and international music scenes. By doing so, we hope to help introduce their music to some new, adoring fans like yourself! So please, have a listen, give them a follow and support them by buying their music, merch and tickets to their shows.
This month, Open Mic Co-Host, Musician, Songwriter, Lecturer and Owner of music blog, The Music Nerd, Ema shares her top picks…
Following the trend of whimsical, bedroom-produced pop à la Clairo and Girl in Red, Kildare-based April is a strong addition to the Irish scene. Her music displays an emotional maturity and wistful nostalgia which far exceeds expectations for her age, where calming, misty synths accompany introspective lyrics. April’s latest release, ‘Watching You Disappear,’ exemplifies this musical formula. You can see April live at her LUNA tour in May 2021.
Support April on Bandcamp
Visit April’s Website to catch her on tour
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Fun Fact: April features on our MNÁSOME YouTube Playlist.
Farah Elle has been an unyielding force in the Irish music scene since 2016, when her haunting debut single, ‘Silk,’ was released. Her Libyan background is apparent in her music; she displays a profound ability to transform mundane, everyday experiences into meaningful moments for reflection. Her recent single, ‘Sunblock,’ is a good example of this.
Her debut album, FATIMA, is due to be released in the near future so be sure to check her social media channels for announcements.
Support Farah Elle on Bandcamp
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Fun Fact: Farah Elle features on our MNÁSOME Spotify Playlist.
Mix equal parts RnB, neo-soul, funk, and alternative pop to produce the refreshing sounds of Cork band, Shookrah. They sadly played their last gig together in August this year, but their songs are astute and contain socially aware messages which will likely remain relevant for many years to come. In particular, ‘W O M A N,’ and ‘Notions’ combine honest vocal
delivery and striking lyrical themes with syrupy synths and bouncing rhythms. ‘Cliché (Part1)’ is a lo-fi track with a darker, unpolished finish which shows another side to the band. We are sorry to say goodbye to Shookrah, but we’re very excited to see what new music their
members create next!
Support Shookrah on Bandcamp
Stream and Follow Shookrah on Spotify
Fun Fact: Shookrah feature on our BIPOC Music Matters Playlist.
Vernon Jane released their fiery, evocative debut album, The Ritual of Love Making, following a hugely successful headline gig at the Academy in Dublin this March. Their music is visceral and assaults you with a primal sense of rage but simultaneously articulates an eloquent message. The album is best listened to from cover to cover to fully appreciate its
nuances, but ‘Otherside’ and ‘Daddy Issues’ are two contrasting, but equally captivating, featured tracks to dip your toe in the water.
Support Vernon Jane on Bandcamp
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