And it’s all “performed by a woman who has developed a style that lets her tell it in the smoothest way possible”.
Author Archives: Dean Van Nguyen
Dean Van Nguyen is a cultural critic and music journalist for The Irish Times, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily and Wax Poetics, among others. As well as pop culture, he writes about identity, youth, race relations and Dublin.
Dean: Fontaines D.C. Update the Formula
The Dublin-born post-punk band’s third album, “‘Skinty Fia’ proves their peak is either not over, or not here yet”.
Dean: Qwerty Mick and Mango X Mathman Give Dublin What It Needs
Qwerty Mick’s debut EP “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home by Now” is about frustration about the state Ireland is in, but it’s also about release.
Dean: Ailbhe Reddy Provides the Ideal Return to Live Music
“Entering the venue, I notice someone struggling to pull up a ticket on their phone – perfectly understandable if they booked it two years ago.”
Dean: Sello is Representing the Next Generation
Clondalkin rapper “Sello is a solid choice to be the face of … ‘the best young talent in Ireland’ in 2022. I’m here to tell you why”.
Dean: Aby Coulibaly Had a Great Year
The 21-year-old Dublin singer, “the city’s best rising artist … crushed it”.
Dean: M(h)aol’s Feminist Punk Is a Jolt to the Establishment
“It’s a savagely loud and airtight set of post-punk songs, the most exciting release from an Irish guitar band I’ve heard in a while.”
Dean: Another Great Villagers Album to Add to the Pile
“This is music for intense listening in a comfortable chair as you clutch the record sleeve in both arms.”
Dean: Jehnova and lod Make Cult Rap That Sticks to Your Bones
The seven songs on “Avenoir” function as “a fine entry point to an ascendant rap cult hero right before he hits that next level”.
Dean: Alicia Raye Has Risen
“There’s no question that when we put a button on 2021, Alicia Raye’s ‘Nobody 2.0’ will stand as an Irish rap single of the year contender.”