Cinema is a result of the visually heavy, electronic sounds created by Ireland based Peter Fleming. His synthesised emotive soundscapes, rhythmic guitar and pop sounding vocals have lead him to high acclaim both within and outside of Ireland’s music scene. Having clocked regular airtime on the country national broadcast station with his latest single ‘Floating’, the quality of Cinema’s live performances have gown accordingly, leading him to the country largest music festivals. With a shift towards a stronger visual accompaniment on it’s way, the Cinema project appears to be continuing it’s evolution and growth in 2018.
Last year was exciting for this 18-year-old artist from Derry — a series of singles and live shows across Ireland, Europe, and North America, including BBC Introducing at Glastonbury have the plaudits coming in from bloggers and journalists alike. ROE’s music, which has already featured on advertising campaigns and TV shows, is now getting serious radio airplay.
Her latest single Wasted.Patient.Thinking is out now on Fictive Kin Records and is available worldwide via all major digital retailers.
Expect to hear a lot more about ROE in 2018.
Recently named by the Irish Times as one of their people to watch in 2018, Katie Laffan has never been an artist to stand still. From a debut EP of lo-fi funk to the subtly affecting Trophy and last year’s alternative disco anthem Tastemaker, the Dubliner delights in taking influence from a wealth of genres — producing most of her own music in a home studio. Having spent much of 2017 playing with her band at the likes of Electric Picnic (where she was deemed the “new act of the festival” by the Irish Times), the IMRO Other Room at Other Voices, Body&Soul, and the St. Patrick’s Festival Young Blood event at the National Concert Hall, Katie Laffan has returned to the solo approach for her new Spacer EP.
"It's so addictive, we sense stardom is imminent..."
—Record of the Day
A further taste of what’s to come can be found in the form of new single Aversion, a meeting of spacey production and exquisite pop melodies. As with all her lyrics, the song offers a very personal insight into the topics that inspire Laffan — in this case, the struggle for self-expression and the fear of being yourself in light of peer pressure. The accompanying video, above, directed by Laura Sheeran, captures the themes perfectly — reveling in the joy of leaving your cares and doubts behind and featuring a cameo from Irish scientist and candidate astronaut Dr. Norah Patten. The clip was premiered as part of Norah’s talk at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, at which she also played in front of President Michael D. Higgins.
"Fabulously lissom beatnik disco pop..."
— The Times
"You can almost hear the disco ball spinning overhead..."
— The 405
"As fresh as a day old haircut..."
— The Irish Times
Thumbnail photos by Ruth Medjber