London-based Irish singer-songwriter Aural Air has released her new song, Karman Line. We asked her the BIG questions . . .

The song is the lead track from her upcoming EP Imagined Pastures and blends elements of alternative folk, rock and indie.

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Aural has been awarded the Government of Ireland stimulus fund to create her EP, which she describes as "a collection of songs surrounds themes of mixed identity and the poetic dialogue and nature of rural Ireland.

"The songs aim to depict the pervasive opposition of the Atlantic sea with internal forces both musically and lyrically."

Tell us three things about yourself . . .

By day I work on a research project about 'liveness', investigating what happens in our brains and bodies when we experience live performances (such as gigs or theatre). By night, I'm a musician/singer-songwriter performing under the moniker Aural Air, which is an anagram of my name. The first single from my second EP is titled Karman Line and it's out this November. I have hearing loss in one ear, which might be considered ironic for a musician!

How would you describe your music?

Somewhere between folk, psychedelic rock, and indie. It's expressive, it's making sense of emotional chaos and all the things we can't say in words.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Anna Calvi has been a massive inspiration for me as a guitarist and singer. Her music inhabits its own world, much like Scott Walker's songs, but with added furious guitar arpeggios and operatic vocals! John Frusciante's solo albums are also an inspiration, you get a sense of exploration, experimentation, and emotion in how he plays the guitar.

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Lately I've been listening to a lot of American 'primitive' fingerstyle guitar. Robbie Basho and John Fahey have inspired me to create something meditative and spiritual, connecting with the natural world. A lot of the songs from my upcoming EP hold this sentiment. St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, and Garbage are also big musical inspirations for me.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

Patti Smith had an art exhibition in The Model Niland gallery in Sligo when I was a teenager, and after that I was completely obsessed with her. For my birthday, my mum took me to see Patti live. It was a powerful experience; she was irrevocably herself, from spitting on the stage to summoning everyone to spontaneous dance. I think before that gig my idea of music was informed by early 2000s mainstream pop, so seeing this woman in her 60s perform so poetically and passionately, against all the ageist and sexist odds of the music industry, was very inspiring.

What was the first record you ever bought?

It was Avril Lavigne's first album Let Go, my Discman had never seen such action until that point. I wanted to be Avril, and she made me want to play guitar. It's still a great album, regardless of whether her image was completely manufactured (says who?! -Ed).

What’s your favourite song right now?

Veronica by D. McCabe. I came across this song just the other day, it's frantic and in your face, and the production is great.

Favourite lyric of all time?

"The stars will explode in the sky, O but they don’t, do they? Stars have their moment and then they die" This realisation in (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For? by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds crushes me every time. It's a perfect love song.

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

Wild Time by Weyes Blood. I would happily sway and ponder the fate of humanity while listening to this song forevermore.

Where can people find your music/more information?

Streaming in all the usual spots by searching 'Aural Air'. On social media - Instagram / TikTok (@aural_air), Twitter (@AuralAir), Facebook (/auralairmusic).