Grouse, the musical alias of Dublin musician, Ronan Carroll, has released Days, the first single off his forthcoming album, Interpolate. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

Interpolate, will feature several Irish singers, with Days Edinburgh-based, Waterford-born artist, Deaf Joe sharing vocals on Days.

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Speaking about the new track, Carroll says, 'I came across Joe's music through his track for Another Love Story, the festival, and, from there, I delved into his back catalogue. Suitably impressed, I got in touch, eventually sending him a few tracks that were works-in-progress. The first track he sent me back with vocals was Days.

Traveling in Asia and in particular Singapore was the main inspiration for Deaf Joe. "I was doing some pre-pandemic travel in Asia right when I got sent the tracks, so I had lots of headphone time digesting them before singing a note," he says.

"With this track, I listened to it driving from place to place staring out at the sea, with the tune floating in and out of my conscious. There's a lovely cinematic feel to Grouse's music that merits a story, and I allowed that naturally emerge. It was apt music for the 'uncanny valley' vibe I felt in Singapore!"

Tell us three things about yourself?

I grew up in Dublin but I lived in San Francisco for more than a decade. The foundations of Grouse are in that city.

I play guitar right-handed but I’m naturally a left-handed player. I didn’t have a clue about switching strings around when I started so I forced myself to play the ‘right’ way.

I’ve been to three World Cups.

How would you describe your music?

I’ve been using the slightly ludicrous description, ‘psychedelectronica'. It’s electronic with organic elements, it’s cinematic and often trippy. It’s also mostly instrumental but my new album (out November 2021) mainly has tracks with vocals.

Who are your musical inspirations?

So many. My whole record collection has inspired in some way, from Charlie Christian, Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis, through Zeppelin, Velvet Underground, The Doors, Funkadelic, dub and reggae up to electronic artists like Peace Orchestra, Massive Attack, Ninja Tune stuff, The Orb, and Air to name just a small fraction.

What are you most looking forward to post-lockdown?

Playing a gig.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Perfume Genius - Eye In The Wall. Eight minutes plus of delicious weirdness.

Favourite lyric of all time?

‘I can’t get no satisfaction’ - Mick sums it all up, way back in 1965.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

That’s impossible, I get bored quickly but, since you’re forcing my hand, I’m going to say, So What by Miles Davis.

Where can people find your music/more information?

My website.