It's no exaggeration to call 'Normal People' one of the most successful Irish TV shows in living memory.
The Lenny Abrahamson-directed adaptation of Sally Rooney's book beautifully documents a relationship in Ireland and was made by Dublin-based studio Element Pictures – so it's fantastic to see that many independent Irish artists have featured on its soundtrack, too.
In case something caught your ear or you were wondering who composed a particularly evocative piece of music in one scene, Element have made the soundtrack available as a playlist on Spotify which you can listen to here.
Below, we've rounded up the Irish acts who feature (not including composer Stephen Rennicks, who provided much of the incidental music), and given you a little bit of info about them all. Go forth and investigate.
Villagers – 'Everything I Am Is Yours'
You'll know Conor O'Brien by now, surely. This track is taken from his third studio album under the Villagers banner, 2015's 'Darling Arithmetic'. More here.
Wild Youth – 'Can't Move On'
This catchy little ditty from the Dublin four-piece was one of the most-played songs on Irish radio in 2018. More here.
Mango x MathMan feat. Lisa Hannigan – 'Deep Blue'
The Dublin hip-hop duo won praise for their debut album 'Casual Work' last year; this was one of the biggest tracks taken from it. More here.
Lisa Hannigan – 'Undertow'
One of Ireland's most popular solo artists, this sombre number was taken from the Kildare woman's 2016 album 'At Swim'. More here.
Orla Gartland – 'Did It To Myself'
Dubliner Orla Gartland has generated a big (and loyal) fanbase thanks to her enduring online presence and catchy indiepop songs; this is the opening track of her new EP 'Freckle Season'. More here.
Super Silly – 'Hate Dah'
Dublin four-piece Super Silly met as kids and began playing gospel music in church; these days, you're more likely to hear them peddling genre-bending tracks like this one, fusing hip-hop, jazz, r'n'b and electropop. More here.
Mount Alaska – 'The Subterranean Heart'
Cillian McDonnell and Steven Shannon formerly played in post-rock band Halfset. Now, the production duo are knee-deep in electronica, with their 2019 debut album 'Wave Atlas: Season One' earning comparisons to Jon Hopkins and Moderat. More here.
Anna Mieke – 'Warped Window'
Wicklow's Anna-Mieke Bishop released her debut album 'Idle Mind' last year and plays piano, guitar and the greek bouzouki. More here.
Aslan – 'Crazy World'
The Dublin rock stalwarts formed in 1982 and are still going strong despite numerous setbacks (and a five-year split in the late eighties). This remains Christy Dignam and co.'s most enduring anthem. More here.
SOAK – 'Maybe'
Brighton-based Derrywoman Bridie Monds-Watson surprised many with her upbeat, pop-inflected second album 'Grim Town' last year, thanks to evocative guitar tunes like this. More here.
Cian Boylan – 'Deboragh's Swing'
Pianist, arranger and composer Cian Boylan's work can be heard on numerous films and TV shows, and he has worked with everyone from Van Morrison to Bono to David Gray. This track is taken from 2017's 'Memories of Montauk' EP. More here.
Tebi Rex – 'Men are Trash'
Kildare hip-hop/r'n'b duo Max Zanga and Matt O have been making music together for several years and released their debut album 'The Young Will Eat the Old' in 2019. They have two songs on the Normal People soundtrack – this one and 'I Never Got Off the Bus'. More here.
James Cramer – 'The Road to Kinawley'
The Lock-In – 'Locked In'
This supergroup of-sorts comprised of David Kitt, Ash's Tim Wheeler and Conor Creaney released their debut (and this far, only) composition in 2019, but we'd love to hear more of their elegant ambient electronica. More here.
7th Obi – 'Alone'
This Nigerian-born, Waterford-raised and now UK-based youngster began uploading tracks to Soundcloud as a teenager, but his 2018 debut EP 'Taxi Club' pulled his sound together in a more professional manner. This track was released last year. More here.
Fionn Regan – 'Dogwood Blossom'
Wicklow's answer to Bob Dylan needs no introduction; he's released some very fine albums over the last 15 years or so. This song, taken from his third album '100 Acres of Sycamore' (2011), showcases the folk singer-songwriter at his best. It also soundtracked the closing scene of 'This is England '88'. More here.
Royal Yellow – 'Hazeldene'
Former bassist in instrumental rock band Enemies, Mark O'Brien's trippy electro-pop solo project Royal Yellow has yielded some very good songs so far – not least new song 'May the First'. This lovely jazz-inflected number was his debut single in 2018. More here.
JyellowL & Aaron Unknown – 'Oh Lawd'
Irish rapper JyellowL has been steadily gaining momentum over the past year or so – this slick tune, featuring London rapper Aaron Unknown, was released as a single in 2018. More here.
Uly – 'Redlight'
Rafino Murphy aka Uly makes lo-fi, scratchy, DIY songs – somewhat surprising, given the Dubliner's past in hardcore bands and as a classical guitar virtuoso. This is the former Astrophysics student's (yes, really) debut release. More here.
Delush & Strange Boy – 'It's Alright'
Irish musician Enda Gallery worked as a songwriter and producer before deciding to release his own material under the Delush moniker. He has just released his debut album 'The Journey to Zero' which features this track, a collaboration with Limerick MC Strange Boy. More here.
The Sei – 'Metroma'
The Sei are an Irish/Swedish electronica duo comprised of Stace Gill and Maria Nilsson Waller; they've featured on Daithi's L.O.S.S. and released several singles. This dreamlike number was their debut in 2018. More here.
Jealous of the Birds – 'Dandelion'
Co. Armagh native Naomi Hamilton is Jealous of the Birds, and the Northern Irish songwriter's elegant brand of indie/folk-rock earned her a deal with Atlantic Records in 2018. This track is taken from her 2016 debut album 'Parma Violets'. More here.