The weekend is almost upon us, and maybe you're in search of something to soundtrack it – or perhaps you're just on the hunt for some new music.

Every Friday, we'll choose three great new release songs you should hear, from both Irish and international acts, point you in the direction of the bands or artists who created them, and send you on your merry way to investigate further.

AVA MAX – 'Naked'

You'll probably know her for the (infuriatingly catchy) 'Sweet But Psycho' from a few years back – well, now the American pop star is releasing her debut album. 'Heaven & Hell' is released today, and we're really enjoying the moody '80s Madonna-influenced synthpop vibe of this tune.

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SINEAD O'BRIEN – 'Most Modern Painting'

She's a performance poet and musician from Limerick and now living in London – and if you''re not familiar with Sinead O'Brien's work, you can expect to hear a lot more over the coming year. Her style is a blend of art-rock and post-punk; her latest single is taken from new EP 'Drowning in Blessings' and sounds like Patti Smith fronting The Wedding Present. That's a very good thing.

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MAGAZINES – 'Happy Alone'

They've been compared to bands like Wolf Alice in the past, but the latest track from this Dublin band recalls dream-pop acts like Lush and Joy Zipper to our ears, largely thanks to Cath Leahy's evocative vocals. In any case, there's enough in this twitchy, fuzzy gem to keep us coming back for more.