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R. waterford

If a new Irish national anthem was composed in the morning, it would most likely be an electro-pop number. The very simply named ‘R’ (a Googler’s dream, naturally) add a little Gallic charm to their sound. The Irish/French duo are comprised of brothers Pierre and Marc O’Reilly. The former is a film composer, the latter previously made his mark in the folk-blues genre. Together, they are signed to Salt And Shake Records, with their debut release on the label making waves on both sides of the Irish Sea. Steve Lamacq championed it as a “terrifically charming piece of music”, with Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, The Human League) saying that it restored his “faith in the future of songwriting.” So on the evidence of the hypnotic, hushed ‘Change’, playlisted across BBC Radio and on Today FM and 2fm at home, R are on the verge of something big. Now, to sidestep that ‘difficult second song syndrome’. No pressure.

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