Jealous of the Birds
Share new video for “Trouble in Bohemia”
For single out on 25 November
Taken from debut album Parma Violets out now
Watch “Trouble in Bohemia” here
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Naomi Hamilton from Jealous of the Birds has had a big year. She released her debut album Parma Violets in April, following a successful appearance at SXSW and considerable radio support for her single “Goji Berry Sunset” (with plays on 6 Music, Radio X, Radio 2 and Radio One – and a slot at the Radio One Big Weekender). She was also one of the nominees for the Northern Irish Music Prize this week – all whilst still studying at university.
Her next single is “Trouble in Bohemia” and the video was premiered by The Girls Are. The song combines her own personal brand of intimate story telling and stripped-down arrangements with a melodic grunge sensibility. Naomi describes the track like this: “Growing up in a culture obsessed with non-conformity, bohemian sensibilities and individuality, Trouble In Bohemia’s about how unfortunately, the pursuit of this kind of lifestyle isn’t as straightforward & idyllic as it’s often made out to be.”
Jealous of the Bird’s album Parma Violets features thirteen beautifully crafted songs with contrasting arrangements, veering from acoustic strumming to full-band indie-rock anthems, all overlaid by Naomi’s compelling layered vocals. Equal parts light and shade, the songs are poignant and vulnerable, bursting with honesty and raw passion.
Hailing from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, Jealous of the Birds emerged from the vibrant suburban folk scene, alongside acts such as Ciaran Lavery and No Oil Paintings. Naomi quietly unleashed her debut EP Capricorn in March 2015, where her wonderfully understated bedroom indie-folk won her an ever-growing legion of support. The entire EP is a stunning lo-fi collection of tunes recalling Girlpool, Karen Dalton, Cat Power, Laura Marling and even The Moldy Peaches at times. Describing her music she has said; “My only hope is that the songs sound like a real friend talking.”
Keen to move away from a purely “folk” or “singer-songwriter” tag, for her debut full-length, Hamilton throws her net wider, moving from bedroom recording to a real studio. With a more extensive range of instrumentation and producer Declan Legge at the helm, the sound is much more sonically expansive and dynamic. Refusing to be pinned down by genre, the tone of each song is contrasting yet complimentary.Parma Violets matches introspective indie-folk with fiery post-punk. Beautifully crafted songs have been given contrasting arrangements, veering from stripped-down acoustic guitar to full-band indie-rock anthems, all overlaid by Naomi’s compelling layered vocals. Equal parts light and shade, the songs are poignant and vulnerable, bursting with honesty and raw passion.
Parma Violets is a startlingly realized offering, poignant and beguiling, the album has a lo-fi organic integrity that is utterly bewitching.
“A debut full of intrigue and promise.” Uncut
“Stark, emotive, and totally engrossing.” Clash
“The album progresses from whimsical folk-pop to atmospheric indie post-punk of real substance.” Irish Times 4*s
“A dynamic debut calling card.” The List 4*s
“An impressive album.” Soundblab 8/10