tipping point: Three new Irish acts for 2010
Two Door Cinema Club
The only Irish band on the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll, Two Door Cinema Club are a disconcertingly youthful-looking three-piece from Bangor, Co Down, comprising Alex Trimble, Kev Baird and Sam Halliday.
Their first 7" single, 'I Can Walk', was released last year and their jerky art-pop sound can be described as a cross between Franz Ferdinand and Vampire Weekend, although on their MySpace page they list Death Cab For Cutie and Broken Social Scene among their influences.
The Irish leg of their European tour begins in Limerick's Dolan's Warehouse on March 2. Visit www.myspace.com/twodoorcinemaclub.
The buzz surrounding this Waterford quintet is deafening. Band members Paul Savage Alan Comerford, Phil Christie, Richie Walsh and Brendan Fennessy recently signed to Universal Ireland after a feverish bidding war.
Occupying the space between such exalted Americana acts as Midlake, Fleet Foxes and Mercury Rev, O Emperor specialise in easy-going, languid melodies that are nuanced and pleasingly subtle.
The single 'Po' was released via iTunes last October and their Irish tour begins in Cyprus Avenue, Cork, on January 13. Visit myspace.com/oemperorofficial.
Music lovers were mystified when songwriter Conor O'Brien chose to dissolve The Immediate in 2007 after releasing one of the most critically lauded Irish albums in years, In Towers And Clouds, the year before. However, Conor returned last year with a new project, Villagers, who released a hauntingly intimate and brooding four-track EP, The Hollow Kind, that called to mind the likes of Sparklehorse and Bright Eyes.
Villagers' debut album is due to be released any minute now. Conor also has the distinction of being the only Irish act to sign for the legendary UK indie label Domino.
You'll also be able to hear him playing on Cathy Davey's forthcoming album.