Why wait until St. Paddy’s Day to celebrate Irish music when we can just do that now?
Sharon Corr – Take A Minute
Take a minute to recall some of the most successful folk bands of the 90s, and The Corrs will most likely make your list. They’re the second band in history to hold the top two positions simultaneously in the UK album charts. (The first band to do this was the Beatles. The Corrs did this in 1998 with Talk on Corners and Forgiven Not Forgotten.) With such monumental success, it took some serious lady balls for Sharon Corr to go solo. But with the way her Karen Carpenter-esque vocals cozy up against her melodic backdrops, I’m sure glad she did.
Rollerskate Skinny – Speed To My Side
Here’s another band who’s heyday was in the 90s. However, Rollerskate Skinny is about as opposite as The Corrs as you can get, though none the less amazing. This little piece of hazy bliss is off of Rollerskate Skinny’s second album, 1996’s Horse Drawn Wishes. If you’re a fan of bands like Animal Collective, Pavement, and My Bloody Valentine, but are sick of their legions of poseur knock-offs, consider this your new favorite track from the best band you never heard of.
My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes
Speaking of My Bloody Valentine, no self-respecting music blogger could make an Irish indie music playlist without including this iconic Dublin band. The pioneers of shoegaze, My Bloody Valentine’s influence can still be heard today, almost 30 years later, in modern bands like Deerhunter and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I was lucky enough to catch MBV on their reunion tour last year at the Electric Factory; this was my favorite from the night.
Delorentos – Did We Ever Really Try?
Okay, let’s take things in a slightly new direction and return to this millennium. Delorentos is currently one of the most popular alternative bands in Ireland. They sound like a blend of Muse, Jimmy Eat World, and Keane. This is the lead single off of Little Sparks, their third album, which in 2013 won the Choice Music Prize “Irish Album of the Year” at the Meteor Awards.
Jape – Floating
I could kick myself in the kilt for just finding out about “Floating” a few days ago. (It was released in 2004.) The only thing I don’t like about the song is its title, because it doesn’t make me feel like floating at all. It’s far too big-sounding for that. It makes me feel like I’m about to engage in all-out medieval warfare. Kind of like, if I were about to enter a Gaelic battle, then I’d want this to be my pump-up jam.