Best Irish Albums of 2017

Anthony Kelly picks ten of his favourite Irish albums of 2017.

1. Placemats and Second Cuts – Marlene Enright  

Marlene ENRIGHTStepping away from The Hard Ground provided Marlene Enright the space to move towards a more pop sound, and the result was excellent. Sadly, this didn’t get the radio play I felt it deserved but the live shows were exceptional.

 

 

 

2. True Care – James Vincent Mc MorrowTrue Care

McMorrow released his 4th album without warning and in an almost “pop up” fashion and although for my money this isn’t the best record in the Dubliner’s catalogue, ‘True Care’ was still a superb effort.

 

 

 

3. The Easter Vigil – Joe Chester

The Easter VigilAlthough Joe Chester is nowadays synonymous for his production work on Ireland’s best records, this year he released one of his own. The Easter Vigil is a work of extraordinary beauty.

 

 

4. OK – Otherkinotherkin-ok

The Dublin based 4 piece have impressed me since I first came across them, and this record did nothing to change that. Otherkin are also fast becoming one of Irelands best live acts.

 

 

5. Precession – Ships

Ships -PrecessionIn a year where electronica has been so prevalent, this Dublin-based electronic duo have come out with a peach of a debut album, often minimalist in its approach but always, beautifully melodic.

 

 

 

6. The Curious Hand – Seamus Fogarty

7. Quiet Giant – Emma Langford

8. Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home – Malojian

9. Wild Alee -Talos

10. Night to Night – New Jackson