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Up-and-Comers: Two Door Cinema Club

Ireland-based indie-rock band Two Door Cinema Club, in my opinion, doesn’t sound like your typical Irish rock band—not that there’s a “typical” sound. For us here in the states, we tend to think of Irish bands sounding either something like U2 or something like Enya. We don’t think of them as sounding more like Death Cab for Cutie.

Let’s just say this three-piece act (who released their sophomore album Beacon this week) doesn’t sound like anything else I’ve heard come from Ireland. They have a vocalist who is reminiscent of Ben Gibbard, while their perfect blend of electro and guitar reminds me a bit more of Phoenix. (Their label in Europe is based in France, so maybe that has something to do with the French electro-pop leanings.)

The thing is, I could pick the sound apart and try to make comparisons all day, but the fact is, Two Door Cinema Club just has a great sound, one that is likely to garner them as much attention in the States as they already have in Europe. It’s sometimes dance-pop, sometimes more indie, but it has a hauntingly beautiful vibe that’s still very much—well—Irish.

Below, I’ve embedded a video of their single “Sleep Alone.” Below that, you can stream the entire album Beacon from their Soundcloud page. Especially take a listen to the song “Settle.” Love!


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About the Author


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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