Cork band The Altered Hours have been threatening to make an excellent debut album for a number of year. With the arrival of ‘In Heat Not Sorry’, they’ve delivered just that. There’s no hiding their influences, but when music is this good, that just doesn’t matter. These songs call up the spirit of The Velvet Underground and The Jesus & Mary Chain, while adding an attitude which belongs very much to the present day.
Petite Noir has released some of the best singles of the past 18 months. There’s never any guarantee that an artist can maintain an extremely high standard, but he has with ‘La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful’. It’s music that you’ll find hard to fit into any category, which is quite unusual these days! Tracks like ‘MDR’ and ‘Noirse’ are standouts, but there isn’t a bad track here.
‘Night Friction’ is the latest album that comes from a man named Cian Nugent. It’s rich in melody and ideas, and shows how talented this gentleman is. He’s been a busy guy over the last few years, making music as part of Cian Nugent & The Cosmos, and The #’s; two very different outfits. We’re beginning to think he’s been cloned – could there now be three Cian Nugents?