Female artists are paving the way for Ireland’s music scene. Here are a few of our favourite new releases…
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CMAT: If My Wife New I’d Be Dead
A new breed of Irish pop star arrives courtesy of Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, whose songs are equal part earworms and therapy sessions.
ROSIE CARNEY: I Wanna Feel Happy
With her second studio album, Donegal-London singer Carney releases the alternative singer-songwriter album of the year.
PILLOW QUEENS: Leave the Light On
No second-album-syndrome nervousness from Dublin’s Pillow Queens – instead, think assured indie pop/rock with intuitively emotive lyrics.
CAROLE NELSON TRIO: Night Vision
A stalwart of the Irish jazz scene, Nelson’s elegant improvisatory piano-lead jazz is a balm for the frazzled mind and a sanctuary for the troubled soul.
JUST MUSTARD: Heart Under
Fronted by the blissfully-voiced Katie Ball, Dundalk’s Just Mustard deliver a contemplative, textured second album that keeps the mind on high alert.