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Ireland’s Æ Mak aka Aoife McCann has shared her latest single, Shimmer Boy, the first to be released from her newly announced mixtape, Berlin, which is set to be released April 21st. 

Shimmer Boy is a love song propelled by lust, with its lyrics made up of a text message chain and a nostalgic indie feel. Speaking of the track, McCann states:

I headed over to Berlin for a couple of months late 2021 and this was the first song I made there. I didn’t have a mic that week so I just recorded the vocals and harmonica with the laptop mic and leaned into that nostalgic indie sound. The lyrics are made up of a stream of texts between me and Shimmer Boy himself. The start of a bit of magic. We both live in Berlin now.

Accompanying the single, Aoife has also shared its music video. Of the video, she continues:

The video is really a snapshot of my new life in Berlin, pals and new love and chaos and feeling lost/overwhelmed.

The upcoming EP, Berlin, is a group of songs inspired by winter; harmonica, sexting, dancing, chest flames, clubs, self-destruction, rebirth and baked cheesecakes, and features additional production and mixing from some of Aoife’s favourite producers – including ATRIP, Kojaque and David Noonan of Just Mustard.

Alongside the release of Shimmer Boy, and the announcement of the EP, Æ Mak has also shared a run of tour dates across the UK and Ireland, alongside performances at Sharpe Festival, and How The Light Gets In. 

Æ Mak UK Tour Dates

  • April 21st/ – 22nd Sharpe Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 27th April, Whelans, Dublin
  • 28th April, Roisin Dubh, Galway
  • 29th April, The Belfast Barge, Belfast
  • 30th April, Connolly’s, Cork
  • 3rd May, Shacklewell Arms, London
  • 26th – 29th May, How The Light Gets In, Hay-On-Wye
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Katie Macbeth

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Katie Macbeth is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre based out of Manchester, presenter of @drunktankthink, and post punk enthusiast.



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