Irish music is an ongoing artistic conversation made all the more impactful by the diverse voices engaged in it TLMT’s The Month That Was June 2021 -…

Posted: June 30, 2021 at 2:35 pm

Without sounding clich, June was a month alive with the brilliance and creative singularity of the Irish music scene.

On the album front, the past four weeks have seen manyAlbum of the Yearcontenders. From the enchanting atmospheric folk of Saint SistersWhere I Should Endto the knife-edge social commentary found on KojaquesTowns Dead,and back to the genre-melding of Strange BoysHoly /Unholy,the sheer artistry of Irish music came to the fore. While the bold, vivid R&B soundscapes of CoshasMt. Pleasantcontrasts with the intimate storytelling and textural subtly of Dani LarkinsNotes From A Warrior Maiden,highlighting thesonic spectrum found within the music community was there for all to see.

June was also a month filled with stellar single releases. Denise Chaila made her triumphant return with the magnificent 061. CMAT caught the attention with 2 Wrecked 2 Care, as did Ra Gerra with Indecisive. There were also stand-out singles from Nerves, ROE, the Zen Arcade, Lydia Ford, and Maeve. While Celaviedmai captured the imagination with Heal.

Looking to the future, Havvk made their presence felt with an album announcement and single Automatic. Soda Blonde continued to build towards their debut album via Holy Roses. At the same time, David Keenan also set a marker for his forthcoming sophomore record with the powerful Bark.

And so it goes, June was a landmark month for Irish music in 2021. At this halfway point, new artists are emerging, established ones deliver on early promise, and the rest of the year looks brighter with new albums forthcoming. Im not one for the golden age of Irish music hyperbole. Instead, I prefer to see music and art as a dialogue with ourselves, the past and the future. What is happening now in Irish music is an ongoing artistic conversation made all the more impactful by the diverse voices engaged in it and the diverse methods they choose to express themselves.

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