As its title suggests, Gemma Hayes's debut album isn't the sort of thing you put on first thing in the morning to get you revved up for the day. Instead it's a record of quiet moments and subdued emotions, forever seeking the drama at the heart of everyday life. Contrary to her sweet, pastoral image, the Tipperary-born chanteuse owes more to Beth Orton than Joni Mitchell - and proves it with some complex, layered songs, filled with shimmering guitars and startling electronic effects. Only towards the end does the album falter, lapsing into a kind of self-indulgent folkiness that undoes some of the good work that's gone before. That aside, however, Night On My Side is a joy - brimming with imagination and intimate to the point of intensity. It's a strong contender for Irish album of the year so far.