Today LAOISE is releasing the final single from her debut EP (15.06.17).
LAOISE was inspired to write the EP when she was at a halfway point in her recovery from mental and physical difficulties, hence the title ‘Halfway’. This resulted in LAOISE experimenting with various genres and sounds as she began to rebuild and reinvent herself along with her music.
You can hear the track ‘Shooting’ here
The final track, continues in a brooding ominous direction, she says: “Shooting is probably my favourite track off the EP. In comparison to the other songs, it’s quite bare and raw. When writing it, I feel I got to delve into new territories and emotions, which is echoed in the song’s lyrics. I wrote this song with a friend of mine, and we were both going through similar experiences where no matter what we did, we felt we couldn’t grasp and take hold of the things we wanted – be it a relationship or a career path. ‘Shooting with no ammo’ explains the effort you go to finally reach something, only to realise you messed up on the first step, and starting again doesn’t always feel worth it. It’s that moment when you feel so trapped and lost, going around in circles over and over and wondering if you’ll ever break the cycle.”
Taking her cues from the silky production of acts like NAO, Melanie Martinez and Skott- LAOISE is an Irish electro-pop artist hailing from Galway, Ireland. Incorporating elements of synth, indie and alternative, she was brought up on a diet of theatrical, iconic pop – and deeply inspired by household names like Kate Bush and David Bowie – setting her in good stead to create the startling, sparkling pop she presents to us today.
Growing up playing the violin and piano before teaching herself the guitar at 11, LAOISE began writing at the age of 15, experimenting mainly with the above, before exploring the shiny buoyancy electronics can offer. Her lyrics draw inspiration from feelings of anxiety and angst, many of which reveal inclinations of hopelessness and despair which she defiantly contrasts with confidence and complacency.
The ‘Halfway’ EP was recorded and produced by Seán Behan, (A Place Called Kai Studios), in a spare room in his parent’s house. The entirety of it was produced using one ramshackle microphone and an equally ancient laptop, making LAOISE’s pristine and glittering output all the more impressive.
Previous Press Support
“A clear example of the heights that she is destined to reach” – WONDERLAND
“Another promising step into the spotlight…..expect more post-midnight, moonlight-lit pop with plenty of surprises lurking in the shadows.”-THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“LAOISE is not Ireland’s answer to anyone, but a new phenomenon in her own right. ” – NOTION
“Every so often a gleaming gem appears in the Clash inbox – today, Galway newcomer LAOISE is that point of bright light” – CLASH
2000 Trees Festival (Cheltenham) – 8th July
Truck Festival (Oxfordshire) – 24th July