Elaine Malone

Over 18s only
Saturday June 1st 2024
Start Time: 0:00
Duration: 45minutes Approx
> Psychedelic-folk
About Elaine Malone

Drawing from an eclectic array of influences – stemming from an early exposure to the rattling impact of 90s grunge and the visceral inventiveness of The Velvet Underground and Nico, to a later appreciation for shoegaze’s immersive soundscapes and storied country music by Lee Hazlewood – these elements colour Elaine Malone’s brilliantly expansive psych-rock material. Across Malone’s body of work, her magnetic presence, evocative lyricism and exhilarating instrumentation culminates in endlessly inventive compositions.

Born in Limerick, Malone has been immersed in Cork’s thriving DIY music scene for over a decade. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Malone incorporates harmonium, guitar, percussion and bass into her multifaceted arrangements. In 2018, she announced her uninhibited lyricism and multifaceted compositions with her critically-acclaimed debut EP, Land. Timeless in its instrumentation, Malone’s songwriting was praised by critics upon its release. Of this introduction, The Thin Air noted her “undeniable skills as a storyteller” amongst the many intriguing elements to her artistry that “mark her out as an important new Irish voice that demands close attention”.

In the subsequent years, whilst writing songs for her forthcoming debut record due later this year via Pizza Pizza Records, Malone has been prolific as Mantua; a commanding improvisational folk-horror project that she has produced two visceral albums, released by Sunshine Cult Records. This project, which Malone began in 2019, has seen her open for revered Australian experimental duo, HTRK and UK doom-metal group PIGSx7. Also in 2022, Malone joined Just Mustard on the Irish dates of their tour in support of their Heart Under LP.

Coinciding with her sonically contrasting solo outlets, Elaine Malone is involved in several experimental music-based projects. A member of punk outfit Land Crabs, Krautrock-led Soft Focus and Lisbon-based Pôt Pôt. To contribute and collaborate with like-minded artists is essential to Malone’s artistic practice and fulfillment. Before even releasing her debut solo album, Malone’s music has amassed over 2 million stream.

Recently, Malone has been playing with a supportive backing band of accomplished and respected Cork musicians including Jimmy Christie, Sam Clague and Ruairi Dale. Together, recording live tracks in Cathal MacGabhann’s (The Altered Hours) studio, Malone has brought her music into a far more dexterous and dynamic place. She has arrived at this destination by incorporating the various artistic disciplines and approaches that direct to the many projects she participates in.

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