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Orla Gartland is a 19-year-old songstress hailing from Dublin, Ireland. The first thing to note about Orla is her ability to instantly create a rapport with the listener. With an exploding personality that grabs you from the first note you can't help but be left with a head full of ideas as she quenches your own imagination. However the journey doesn't end at first impressions. Throughout each song there is an underlying sense of deeper meaning and purpose to each lyric... like a letter you wrote to yourself from a parallel universe. Orla has an ability to be completely down to earth, with wisdom beyond her years and at the same time her delivery isn't missing an ounce of spark, attitude and no-holds-barred raw energy.
With her first EP 'Roots,' released at just 18 years old, going number 1 on iTunes overall and selling out multiple shows across the UK and Ireland, the excitement continues to grow as her sizable online army await her next release: 'Lonely People.'
Never afraid of the unknown, Orla has taken a huge leap forward with the style and production of the new EP. With producer Andrew Maury (RAC, Panama Wedding) at the helm for single 'Lonely People,' the energy and individuality of Orla's passionate performance is brought to life.
With an upcoming 10-date UK/Ireland tour culminating at London's Islington Academy, followed by her very first US tour and debut at SXSW, the next chapter in Orla's journey is not one you want to miss.
"In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a Pop singer. That job didn't work out, but I ended staying in LA for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer (she's better now). I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in LA. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love clichés, a tough break up.
In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in LA. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent's house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was 'Just A Dream.' It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.
I recorded the demo, and then did a few more. Afterwards I sent the demos to JR White [Girls], someone who had produced one of my favorite records of the past few years (and was also signed to True Panther, the label I'm currently on). Soon after, he asked me to come down to San Francisco to record an album. After a series of visa issues and border complications, I finally met him and spent the next few months jumping from San Francisco to Los Angeles, recording in studios and bedrooms with friends.
After all that was said and done, I got offered to have a few more of my songs produced by Patrick Carney [The Black Keys] in Nashville, John Collins [The New Pornographers] back home in Vancouver, and Ariel Rechstaid in Los Angeles. I owe the sound of the record to the great effort of everyone involved, the producers and musicians doing and playing things I couldn't and treating the production with the same reverence I treat my songwriting.
The writing will always be the most important to me; the production, playing and singing I am still figuring out. I still play a bit of guitar, but I'm mostly sticking to the piano these days. TJJR. October 2014."
GOON is the debut album from Tobias Jesso Jr. A songwriter first and foremost, the album is a collection of timeless songs, all written on piano in Tobias' living room in N. Vancouver and recorded with added production and instrumentation in a range of studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville and Vancouver.
Tobias shared his first recording in 2013 with 'Just A Dream', which subtlety caught the ears of several taste-maker musicians, blogs and his first fans through YouTube, CD-r's handed out to touring bands and old-fashioned word of mouth. His next track 'True Love' followed in July 2014 to further acclaim and was named Best New Track by Pitchfork.
Tobias worked with a number of producers to realize his specific vision for the arrangement and performance of his songs. Jr White (Girls), Pat Carney (Black Keys), Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), John Collins (New Pornographers) and Ariel Rechstaid all came to the project in a similar way – drawn in by the strength of Jesso's songwriting, they strove to find the right way to honor the songs' honest emotional pulse, without overpowering their rawness.
The resulting full band recordings that appear on GOON are a stunningly honest document of a modern songwriter influenced by the iconic piano-men whose stories in song defined past generations. Bearing comparison to these greats with an evocative, timeless quality, Tobias Jesso Jr may be the classic songwriter for our time.
Lisa and Naomi Diaz are the daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father's culture, Yoruba.
Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture. Ibeyi is pronounced "ee-bey-ee" and translates as "Twins" in Yoruban.
Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.
Ibeyi are currently recording their debut album for XL, with Richard Russell on production.