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AOTY - Willie J Healy

Fresh from his major label debut, Willie J Healey’s sophomore offering on Yala! Records sees the former boxer offer up lyrical buoyancy and wit in abundance. Recorded to tape, it moves between psychedelic nostalgia and guitar work that channels both country twang and echoes of surf in abundance, with a healthy dose of Beatles influences thrown in for good measure. A record that’s prepared to have you falling head over heels, whether it’s the guitar solo on coming of age or the slow-burn of the title track, we’re sure to be talking about this as a modern classic in no time at all. It cements Healey as a future guitar hero.

Willie J Healey – ‘Heavy Traffic’ released via Yala! Records. From Willie J Healey’s album ‘Twin Heavy’

whenyoung will perform at SXSW 2019.

Aoife Power, the live-wire singer and bassist for Whenyoung, presides over a spiky and buoyant pop-rock sound that’s won praise from The Pogues’ Shane McGowan, who personally invited the band to perform at his 60th birthday party. Pinning down a pithy description of Whenyoung’s music isn’t easy — a spikier Pale Waves? a zippier Cranberries? — but one thing’s for sure: Songs like “Pretty Pure” seem crafted from equal parts spit and sugar, and provide a kicky, jangly jolt right when you need one.

Whenyoung from Limerick release their second single and it’s another sugar coated golden pop nugget that sparkles with a slick production and a song that demands repeated plays. Pretty Pure sits between the powerhouse sound of The Pixies and the indie jangle of Sleeper. On the flip The Collector starts all skeletal and delicate before things pick up and it moves in the same circle as some of Big Moon’s more delicate moments. It shows a different side to Whenyoung’s canon. Both sides are worth the admission price alone.

“Pretty Pure” out now on YALA! Records