The Covid-19 pandemic is still going, but thankfully things are starting to open up, and when it was announced that fully vaccinated people from the UK were able to travel to Ireland, I leapt at the chance, and booked some interviews to go ahead while I was over. One interview was with N.O.A.H, a trio from County Meath, who really only came together during the Covid crisis, and now, as we reach a new, “do-able” normal, are poised on the precipice of something big, at exactly the right time.
Charles on TV says of ‘Lately’: “‘Lately’ is a f*ck you song. It’s an anthem for the nice folk who’ve been brought up to keep wrath tamed and turn the other cheek. A song for those of us trained to passively aggress because we don’t know how else to release frustration. It’s an upbeat tune mimicking the smiles we wear when, inside, we’re angry”.
A little while ago, I got to hear the latest single from R.I.Pablo, singer/writer/producer and member of the Manchester writing collective, The Six, known worldwide for developing some of the catchiest pop melodies around. It’s always exciting seeing creative people do what they do best, and in the case of R.I.Pablo I was looking forward to hearing what the follow up to “Sunday Morning Boy” would be (Read my review of R.I.Pablo’s “Sunday Morning Boy” here: https://essentiallypop.com/epop/2021/08/hit-maker-r-i-pablo-strikes-out-on-his-own-with-new-single-sunday-morning-boy/). With the release of his first EP Bug Lyf coming out September 29th, I had the pleasure of catching up with Pablo, chatting about the inspiration behind the EP, and got an exclusive listen to Bug Lyf that I’m now passing along to y’all.
Based in Finland, Josefin Silén, is a singer and an actor, who started writing songs at the young age of 9. She competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and at the age of 18 was offered a record deal. From there she started work as a demo, and backing singer, for Helsinki Records, and in 2011 she was a backing vocalist for Finland’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, performing at both the semi final and the final.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, but now living in Canada, actress, writer, dancer, and producer Natasha Heschélle has added singing to her already ample bow with her debut single, ‘Imagine’. The track comes from the EP of the same name, which was released on June 28, and is available on all digital platforms.
If by now you’ve not heard of Bulgarian singer songwriter VICTORIA, then you must have been living under a rock. The 23 year old artist, whose full name is Victoria Georgieva, represented her homeland Bulgaria at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, making it through to the finals, and finishing a commendable 11th, with 170 points.
Craig James is an EDM producer whose music is as bright and summery as the title of his brand new EP. Out today, ‘Summer’ does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering sunshiney high energy that will see you right through the season – and even if the weather is miserable, ‘Summer’ will make it feel as though the clouds have disappeared.
18-year-old rising star Alfie Templeman has shared his brand new track ‘One More Day’ today. The track, which features Irish newcomer April, can be streamed and downloaded here. ‘One More Day’ is taken from Templeman’s upcoming mini-album ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’, out on 7 May via Chess Club Records.