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Greetings and welcome to JOE songs of the week tiredness.
As you’d expect, this is where we recommend a selection of new music that we really think you should take the time to engage with in your busy day.
Whether you do it here via the YouTube videos below or queue them up on your respective streaming service is really up to you; but trust us, you get the good stuff here.
Now on the air…
#1. Skinner – ‘The Crisis’
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Brand New Irish Artist Aaron Corcoran aka Skinner announced itself with a particularly hard-hitting debut single, reminiscent of the nicer indie fare that followed you around clothing stores in the late 2000s.
It’s a compliment, honest.
“The song conveys a sense of nothingness and attempts to find the humor in it,” he says.
#2. Vince Staples – ‘ROSE STREET’
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Prolific, fearless and quite brilliant rapper from Long Beach Vince Staples is about to drop Ramona Park Broke My Heart; his fifth studio album.
It comes less than a year after his self-titled record, which lasted just 22 minutes.
More power to man, we say. Albums are usually too long these days.
Either way, ‘ROSE STREET’, the second cut from next Friday’s new album, is Staples at its widescreen best.
#3. Soccer Mommy – ‘Shotgun’
Clip via Soccer Mom
Soccer Momknown as Sophie Allison by the taxman, has released two stunning albums over the past four years – Clean in 2018 and Color Theory in 2020.
Hailing from Nashville, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter boasts a sound that sounds trapped in 1990s dive bars — again, that’s a compliment.
His next album arrives in June. ‘Shotgun’ is a very strong first blast of what to expect.
#4. Maria Kelly ft. Paul Noonan – ‘the sum of the in-between’
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Irish alternative folk artist Mary Kelly reworked one of his tracks from 2021 – “the sum of in-between” – as part of his new project “Postcards In-between”.
“This track was always about the power of vulnerability and the strength that can be found in meeting wherever you are, wherever you are,” Kelly says.
Bell X1 and HousePlants leader Paul Nounan is on board for the new reimagining – the result of a perfect union.
#5. Angel Olsen – “All the Good Times”
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After producing one of the most enjoyable collabs of 2021 alongside Sharon Van Etten, the formidable Angel Olsen is back focusing on solo material.
‘All The Good Times’ is the first angry hit from the forthcoming album Big Time, which lands in the first days of June.
Olsen will finally return to Ireland this year too. Catch her at Vicar Street on Monday, October 24.