With the release of her hotly-anticipated debut EP just around the corner, Irish electro-pop sensation, LAOISE is pleased to share the second single from it, 'Halfway'
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.
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. On the title track, noted for it's brooding ominous direction, she says:
“I wrote ‘Halfway’ about two years ago during a time when I wasn’t paying attention to my own needs and health, and I compromised my happiness for other people and their excessive expectations. Writing ‘Halfway’ was my way of pushing past this. It stands as a very important stage in my life and even though, in a way, I’m scared as fuck to release it, I’m so grateful that I can share it with people..”
‘Halfway’ 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. Take a listen now and experience this bright new light for yourself! You won’t regret it.
‘Halfway' is out 3rd March
‘Halfway’ EP due out later this year