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Land Lovers have notions on being a pop band. They are founder members of the Popical Island collective and have just released a split 12″ record with Windings. Previously, they have released 2 albums (Romance Romance and Confidants) and an EP (Immovable Feet). They have contributed songs to all 3 Popical Island compilations. Finally, they’ve played lots of enjoyable gigs including festival appearances at Electric Picnic and Body & Soul and opening for the likes of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Mantles, Nodzzz and The Wave Pictures.

Praise for Land Lovers/Windings split 12″: “Land Lovers are a beautiful surprise…Timeless melodies that instantly sound familiar, clever, witty lyrics and short, snappy arrangements that don’t outstay their welcome – all the elements are here in this intoxicating mix that grabs the best bits of the Undertones, Vampire Weekend, Belle and Sebastian and the 80s indie pop of the C86 generation… pop delivered with energy, wit and exuberance. Fantastic” 3.5/5, · “The union of two of Ireland’s most innovative bands and labels has yielded some impressive results…showcases both acts at their best”, 8/10, Hot Press. · “Quality prevails throughout their seven-song set, though the chiming Close Embrace and the lovelorn, anthemic Matilda are surely the silverware contenders here. ”, 4/5, Record Collector · “Attests to the health of domestic independent music”, 4/5, Metro. · “…an album that finds the duo’s music working together while still remaining individual and relevant”, 4/5, Praise for ‘Confidants’: “Magnificent, haunting worlds of domestic wonder… a rare gem of a record” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times (4/5 review) “Confidants is a proud miscellany of decade-spanning pop influences” – Hot Press “Confidants is a sparkling listen.” – AU Magazine “An accomplished and rich record” – Nialler 9. Praise for ‘Romance Romance’: “This excellent debut delivers bang up to date, uncommonly smart pop. Fresh melodies engage first, then fantastic lyrics kick in… Achingly sweet…perfectly formed collection” – 4/5, The Ticket (Irish Times) “Irish album of the summer, packed to the brim with gorgeous, singable tunes. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, like this record in any other musical camp in the country.” – Off Her Rocker ( “A sparky little gem from Dublin’s DIY leftfield… with a stinging lyric sheet. Vocalist Pádraig Cooney is both wounded poet and cynical dissector of modern mores and his sonic furnishings of clipped guitars and wobbly eighties synths make for a smart, no-frills backdrop. A hugely promising and highly recommended debut.” – 4/5, RTÉ Guide ——–


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