'Other Voices: Songs From A Room' has always been the best in music television as far as Ireland is concerned. Though not that there was ever much to contend with (bar the 'Last Broadcast', or whatever thats known as these days, and 'When Under Ether') Last night I had the joy of watching Imelda May strut her stuff, with appearences from O Emperor, The Lost Brothers and The XX along the way.
An eclectic mix, none let themselves down. My only complaint about the show was that there was just one song from O Emperor, though this is a minor issue!
For me the highlight was The Lost Brothers. I had never heard these guys before, but they really impressed me. Below is their bio as it reads on the Other Voices website:
"The Lost Brothers are an Irish duo hailing from the mountains of Omagh and a mining town called Navan. Mark grew up in a traveling family band- the Moore band with Oisin growing up in the local dance hall.
Having no fixed abode, their only home is their next gig. Their travels brought them to Portland, Oregon where they recorded their debut album Trails of the Lonely Part I & II with producer Mike Coykendall (M Ward, Bright Eyes) in a haunted attic.
They released the album in the UK and Ireland on their own label – Bird Dog Recordings. As of April 2009 they began recording their second LP."
Think an old style of Americana blended with an almost Fleet Foxes style of folk and harmony. The duo mention Woody Guthrie, Dylan and Leadbelly as influences.
Highly recommended! Check out "Under the Torquoise Sky"
Imelda May was stunning as ever - her voice never fails to amaze me. The XX as good as ever, and my admiration for O Emperor is still growing.
Check out Other Voices on RTE weekly (Wednesday I think, and repeats on Sunday) Next week we'll see Florence & The Machine, Valerie Francis, Brett Anderson and The Antlers. The last one has me VERY excited...
Videos from the Lost Brothers below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yel93KnHIEM ['Last Day On The Job']
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rebalDM35sc&feature=related ['Who Could Love You More' at SXSW]
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