IIVV by All Tvvins
Released in August, the debut album by Irish indie-pop band All Tvvins went straight in at number two on the Irish charts. Including the single ‘Darkest Ocean’ – which was featured on the soundtrack of a FIFA video game – IIVV was chosen as the Irish Times’ Album of the Week when it came out – their reviewer called it ‘feel-good music at its finest’. With standing area tickets for the band’s October gig at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre sold out, it would seem that plenty of other people are already enjoying the album too.
At Swim by Lisa Hannigan
Lisa Hannigan’s third studio album was a long time coming. Speaking to journalists ahead of the August release of At Swim, the singer-songwriter said that she was close to giving up on music during the years between this album and her last, 2011’s Passenger. During her search for inspiration, help came in the form of an email from American indie rock band The National’s Aaron Dressner. Hoping to collaborate, he ended up becoming the album’s producer. The record is strongly inspired by the work of Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
Keep Me Singing by Van Morrison
Just turned 71 and recently knighted for his musical success and services to tourism and charitable causes, the unstoppable Northern Irish singer and musician Van Morrison will release his 36th studio album on September 30th. A living legend, Morrison has been playing music since the 1950s. Keep Me Singing will feature 12 original songs and one cover. After the album is released, Morrison will complete a short tour in the US during October, playing only six shows.
Gameshow by Two Door Cinema Club
Two Door Cinema Club released their last album in 2012, leaving their fans impatiently awaiting the Oct 14th release of their third offering, Gameshow. The indie rock outfit from County Down – who first performed together at the tender age of 16 – debuted the first single from the album, entitled ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)’, on Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 recently. A second single, ‘Bad Decisions’, was released this week. The title song ‘Gameshow’ has also been played live at a concert in Boston.
Sugar Island by The 4 Of Us
Back together with their original lineup, Northern Irish rock band The 4 Of Us will release a new album this autumn. Hugely popular in the late 1980s and early 90s, The 4 Of Us brought out their first album, Songs for the Tempted, in 1989. It went on to go double platinum, and they beat U2 to the Best Album gong at that year’s Irish Music Awards. Though the band have been continuously making music since then, the lineup has changed several times. Sugar Island will see the four original founding members reunite, playing Dublin’s Vicar Street venue on November 11th.
New Forest by Cathy Davey
Following the whirlwind of success that accompanied her earlier albums Tales of Silversleeve (2007) and The Nameless (2010) – both of which were nominated for the Choice Music Prize – Dublin-born singer-songwriter Cathy Davey took a break from music and set up an animal shelter. This autumn she is back with a bang, featuring heavily on The Divine Comedy’s record Foreverland and releasing her own fourth studio album, New Forest. Having won the Meteor Award for Best Female in the past, the artist is probably feeling some pretty high expectations for this one, but she needn’t worry – it has already been described by the Irish Times as ‘expansively delivered, introspectively nurtured pop’.
Madrid by Saint Sister
Returning to Ireland after playing shows in the UK and Germany throughout September and October, Saint Sister will play a gig at Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral on November 5th, which will no doubt have hardcore followers and new fans alike listening to Madrid, their impressive 2015 EP. Drawing on ‘early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop’, the duo of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty has been called ‘the best new band to emerge from Ireland this year’ (in 2014).