Belfast folk, trad fusion songwriter Myles McCormack returns with his new song, What I've Been Promising. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

What I've Been Promising is the opening track from Myles McCormack’s second full length album, To Better All Things, due for release this coming January.

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"I wanted this track to feel a bit off-kilter as it was inspired by peoples’ struggles with communication," Myles says.

"But the intention is to lead towards optimism and self-betterment so it gradually becomes more groovy and eventually ends in a much more cathartic place. It is an illustration of an emotional journey; the struggle for deeper connection in an increasingly digital world and the deteriorating mental health that goes with that. So, if it feels uneasy at times that is all absolutely intentional."

Tell us three things about yourself . . .

My catholic primary school fed me meat when they knew I was a vegetarian (I just didn’t know what it was because I’d never seen it). My "careers" teacher told me I couldn’t put music down as an option, so with that in mind I suppose I’m quite stubborn. I barely ever actually write songs. It’s all a sham! I don’t know how I’ve gotten to this point if I’m totally honest.

How would you describe your music?

Trying to put a positive spin on a disaster! I always find myself writing when I'm faced with a problem I can't solve. The genre or the melody or instrumentation are all guided by whatever that mood was. I'd say the thing that ties my songs together is buried somewhere within the lyrics. There are definite recurring themes, like bad dreams, or ideally good ones!

Who are your musical inspirations?

In terms of songwriters, I love really inventive lyricists . . . Richard Dawson, Joanna Newsom, Tallest Man On Earth, Joni Mitchell. But I also have a big love for bands and electronic music. Some of my favourite gigs have been Sigur Rós, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, and Gogol Bordello.

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Then there’s the whole trad scene where there are literally inspiring people round every corner. People like Paddy McKeown, Alfi, (Alannah Thornburgh, Fiachra Meek, Ryan McAuley) and Miadhachlughain O’Donnell are all underrated superstars.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

I saw Muse in The Ulster Hall when I was 12 and that was pretty mad. It was long before the smoking ban and there was definitely a bar but bizarrely it seemed to be all ages, so me and my friend were just being tossed about in a big bouncy mosh-pit. Muse fans are a friendly bunch though so it was all safe and sound!

What was the first record you ever bought?

Savage Garden - Affirmation. I can’t remember much about this album except that when I was nine I loved it and by the time I was 10 I could tell it was cheesy! I’ll have to look it up now to double check but I can almost hear the auto-tune already.

What’s your favourite song right now?

For some reason I've been watching loads of People Just Do Nothing, recently so possibly Korrupt FM’s Your Mum Loves Garage, but I’m pretty sure this is just a phase I’m going though.

Favourite lyric of all time?

As much as I love a good metaphor, Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) slips the line "Manufacturing consent is the name of the game, the bottom line is money nobody gives a f***" into a song and somehow manages to make it really catchy. Gets me every time.

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

Only Skin by Joanna Newsom. Because it's 16 minutes long and it even has Bill Callahan on backing vocals.

Where can people find your music/more information?

My website. All my music is streaming online and I do extra bits and bobs on Instagram and YouTube, and SoundCloud for anyone who wants a really deep dive. I also have some CDs left for sale on Bandcamp. If you’re ever in Belfast, I can usually be found hosting trad sessions somewhere like the Sunflower or the American Bar!