The Irish Taylor Swift? That’s a comparison thrown at Orla Gartland more than once now and it’s not a bad comparison. Certainly Orla knows how to pen a song like Taylor does and she has a similar vocal pitch as well. And whilst we’re playing the ‘if you like this artist you’ll probably like Orla’ game let’s add Nina Nesbitt into the mix. The people of the internet also seem to be suggesting Haim, but we don’t hear that one yet.
Orla describes her music as ‘wacky guitar pop’, and whilst we’re not so sure about the wacky element, there’s a definite pop-songcraft to be found in her easy on the ear tunes. She’s also played a redhead festival (yes seriously - mind you it could have had some strong headliners like Ed Sheeran and Florence And The Machine, so we're not knocking it) which does sound a little bit wacky, so we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt on that one for now.
Gartland is taking a similar route to the likes of Gabrielle Aplin (who Orla has supported) in finding a big fan base through You Tube covers (she has over 90,000 subscribers) before releasing her own 4 track Roots EP last year, which found its way to number 1 on iTunes with its breezy blend of acoustic-folk-pop. Now this Dublin lass is stepping up the ladder a rung or two higher with a second EP which features the radio friendly song Lonely People (streaming below) and has a tour of the UK and North America booked. If you’re a fan of the likes of Aplin, Nesbitt, Aquilina and the like you probably already know all about Orla Gartland, but if you don’t, it’s time to add her to your new favourites list. The Lonely People EP is released on January 18th.
Orla Gartland - Lonely People
Orla Graland - Roots (Video)