Fast-rising Dublin singer-songwriter-producer Orla Gartland has released her new single, Zombie! We asked her the BIG questions . . .
The song was co-written and co-produced by Pete Robertson (Beabadoobee), with additional production by Orla, and speaking about the track, she says: "Zombie! is about repressing emotions until one day they burst out of you all at once.
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"Specifically, it's about a very common, very male kind of repression I witnessed in a boy I loved once - I could see that he felt things but there was a barrier stopping him from expressing them.
"I hated that for him, it made me so angry at the societal pressures that led him to that place. For me living "like a zombie" became a metaphor for this way of living; someone so seemingly unemotional on the surface they barely seem alive.
"I scream my head off in the outro of the song and that scream is meant to feel like a huge release, like the moment you let it all out."
Gartland, who started writing songs when she was 14, has already released acclaimed singles More Like You, and Pretending, with her as-yet-untitled forthcoming debut album due for release this year.
Tell us three things about yourself?
I'm from Drumcondra in Dublin. I started uploading my music to the internet because I was a show-off and too young to play the open mic down my local. The first show I ever went to was Westlife in Croke Park (we got free tickets because we live nearby - don't think we would have gone otherwise, no offence Westlife).
How would you describe your music?
Lyrics to make you think sung on top of big guitars and pop choruses to shout at the top of your lungs.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Joni Mitchell, Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, Alanis Morrisette, The Cranberries.
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I'm releasing and promoting these songs!
What's your favourite song right now?
My favourite song right now is Sorry Kid by Ben Howard. His new album is incredible.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"The most remarkable thing about you, Standing in the doorway is that it's you, And that you are standing in the doorway" - Going to Georgia - The Mountain Goats.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Case of You by Joni Mitchell. Perfection.
Where can people find your music/more information?
All over the internet! Do a Google.