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Sam Wickens is no stranger as I've covered both of his previous singles this year. However, this time, Sam has just gone and released his debut album "All I've Seen".
The album begins with the first single "Falling" which is a hauntingly beautiful track with a very nostalgic 80's vibe mixed with The National.
Up next is the brilliant "ICE". It starts very minimalist with Sam's incredible voice with some a spattering of dreaminess. This is easily my favourite song on the whole album. It's simple perfection.
"Cliffside" is what I would imagine a collaboration between Paolo Nutini and Bon Iver would sound like. That sound turns out to be pretty damn good.
"Forest" is another technically exceptional track from Sam Wickens. There's literally nothing out of place and the production is spot on.
The following song "Eden" misses the mark for me. I'm not entirely sure why but I think it's the squaky backing noises take away from Sam's captivating vocals.
"Red" brings the album back on form again thanks to the incredible piano track coupled with the simplistic guitar sounds.
The second single released "Ravens & Crows" reminded me of Damien Rice and Fionn Regan when it came out in April. That hasn't changed but it brings on a brand new powerful imagery when listened to as part of the album in full.
"You Got Nothing Left" finds Sam in a pensive mood as he questions if there's something wrong with him.
The penultimate track "Grove" grabs you and pulls you into its darkness. It's incredibly atmospheric and deep but ultimately it's pure beauty.
The album comes to a close with "Jericho". By far the most upbeat and cheery song on the whole album has a certain Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen quality about it. It caps off a great debut album.
"All I've Seen" is a tremendous debut album from Sam Wickens. Each song can hold it's own but when they're together on the album they really shine on another level. "ICE", "Falling", "Forest" and "Ravens & Crows" all deserve special mentions for being truly exceptional. Sam had this to say about the album "I wanted to create a family of songs, I needed an open space to be able to get different aspects of my mind out! I wanted to make something new, something not everyone will like, but they all will respect. Music is my way of communicating with people and the world. 'Falling' is honesty, when you don’t want to be honest or simply you can’t."
On Sunday 2nd August, RTÉ will be broadcasting a brand new documentary about Richie Malone who is a guitarist from Dublin. Richie joined the legendary English band Status Quo back in 2016 after the death of his idol Rick Parfitt. Richie is the former frontman for Dublin rock band RAID and was a huge Status Quo fan thanks to his dad. In the documentary he will discuss going from listening to them in his house to performing across the world with them on huge stages such as Hyde Park and the 3Arena. The documentary will also feature interviews with Richie's friends and former band members, his Status Quo mega fan Dad and Quo's bassist Rhino.
The documentary is called Rockin' All Over The World and will air at 8pm on Sunday 2nd August on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and then on podcast. The documentary was produced by award winning Scottish radio producer Heather MacLeod who has produced many radio documentaries and interviewed some of the biggest names in the music business.
Seminal 80's-90's rock pop band Something Happens made their way to Dundalk Gaol for a gig on Saturday night. Frontman Tom Dunne's first words were "this is not a regular show, it's the story of Something happens". From then they brought the Dundalk audience on a journey spanning their whole career with many stories and anecdotes along the way.
They began with their first ever song "Burn Clear" followed by Billy Bragg's "A New England".
"Give It Away" then onto "Forget Georgia" which Larry Gogan championed. The show element of the gig kicks in as founding member and drummer Eamonn Ryan left the band which was recreated by walking up the stairs only to be beckoned back by a pleading Tom Dunne and the audience.
A cover of Abba's "Take A Chance" led into Madonna's "Borderline" followed by "Beach" and a story of how they sold out by playing the Trinity Ball and were signed by Virgi…
Benjamyn is an electronic music producer based in Dublin. He categorises his music as being surf house which is a term he coined himself. He started out making acoustic folk to indie rock music before settling into his current style. His previous singles have been played on national radio stations and received praise from many top publications. His new single Sea Of Uncertainty was released on July 24th. About the song, Benjamyn says "I want listeners not only to feel understood in this complex emotional state - but also to feel inspired to let go and live free from that fear."
Sea Of Uncertainty is utterly brilliant from start to finish. The chilled out indie dance vibes make you feel like you are gently floating on the sea but one thing that is for certain is that this song is one of the best I've heard this year. It's refreshing and deeply cool. I'm now a firm believer in surf house music. Outstanding.