Since I’m in Ireland for a spell I thought I’d post some of our favorite new Irish music of the past year—some of which may not have permeated Stateside music minds.

Dublin’s Bell X1 are no strangers to American audiences. An inveterate Irish export, they’ve released nine records since the turn of the millennium, encompassing a variety of styles—though each exhibiting intelligent writing, trenchant lyrics, and formidable production. NPR once wrote that the band delivers “a brilliant co-mingling of electronic music and anthemic pop rock.”

Bell X1 are festival and arena headliners in Ireland, and, aide from U2, they are the Irish band with the most airplay in their native country. According to Billboard, they are also the second biggest live performers.


In October the band dropped Arms, their seventh full-length studio effort. Recorded in Dublin and Donegal (in the west of Ireland), Arms is the follow up to 2013’s acclaimed Chop Chop, which was their third number-one album in Ireland and fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice Music Prize.

Arms was produced by the band, recorded by Tommy McLoughlin (from the Villagers) and Glenn Keating (from Jape), and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Jónsi) with Ross Dowling mixing the track “Out of Love.”

The band hits American shores for a brief tour this winter (dates above).

You can hear Dowling’s mixing prowess in the video below. Enjoy.