Track Of The Day: Orla Gartland – ‘More Like You’

A poetic alt-folk tune that tries to overcome feelings of inadequacy, Irish songwriter Orla Gartland has shared her latest single ‘More Like You’. Taken from her debut album which is set for release later this year, the track is a charming rumination on how “feeling second best” can affect the way you view yourself and others around you.

“I know that I’ve been obsessing in the worst way,” Gartland sings over soft beats and playful keys, gently examining her own vulnerabilities and anxieties about being replaced by another. “‘More Like You’ is about a jealousy I felt for my best friend’s other best friend; someone I simultaneously disliked and wanted to be,” she admits, but through careful introspection Gartland has now made peace with her initial feelings of discomfort. This journey is reflected in the choreography in the accompanying video for the track, directed by Greta Isaac.

“We brought Elan Isaac on board to choreograph the piece and she absolutely smashed it,” Gartland explains. “I had never danced before and she managed to put together a piece that felt so thoroughly me. The movement in the video mirrors my journey of finally making my peace with the other person. We shot the video with a small crew of 5 in a village hall in South Wales near where Greta & Elan grew up. It was lashing rain that day, but with a bit of movie magic we managed to pull off a fake sun.”

Watch the video for ‘More Like You’ below.

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Photo Credit: Henry James

Kate Crudgington
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Introducing Interview: Lauran Beth

Having kick-started her musical career on YouTube, with a great popularity of videos of her performing impressive covers, Irish artist Lauran Beth has since been captivating listeners with her dreamy alt-pop, and has previously received acclaim from the likes of Hot Press for her debut ‘Just Breathe’.

Lauran’s poignant new single ’11 Years’ offers a shimmering reflection on climate change and its effects, oozing her luscious rich vocals and twinkling pop melodies. We caught up with her to find out more…

Hi Lauran Beth, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey! I’m a 17 year old singer-songwriter from Offaly, Ireland. My music is mainly pop, but I am influenced by everything!

How did you initially start creating music?
Growing up, my family was quite musical – especially my da. I began playing traditional Irish music when I was seven, but didn’t discover my real passion until I asked for a guitar for Christmas when I was eleven. My da taught me the basics, and the rest is history! I wrote my first proper song ‘Thoughts’ in my bedroom when I was fourteen, and that’s when I discovered my love for songwriting.

Your new single ’11 Years’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
’11 Years’ is about climate change and the need for society to take it more seriously. As people, we have grown to become selfish in terms of our own wellbeing and indifferent to the needs of plants and animals. ’11 Years’ expresses my personal fears in relation to climate change, as well as the opinion of a need for change. 

You’ve been compared to the likes of KT Tunstall and Orla Gartland, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
I listen to a bit of everything, but I would say main influences at the minute would have to be Avril Lavigne, Melanie Martinez and The 1975. I love artists who are not afraid to be bold in terms of expressing themselves and their projects, and who break social barriers.

In ‘normal’ times, how is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
Growing up in a village has really restricted me from seeing many people play live close to home. However, there are some really cool local artists like Jack Keeshan and James Mckelvey who are extremely talented! I’d love to see more music being played in my area.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
I love to play live, and I hope that people who come to the shows feel like they are safe and belong, as the world can be a scary place at times.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
There are loads of cool artists on the label that I am on, which is the Beardfire Music label. Artists like KTG, Martin McDonnell, Zoe Clarke, Michael T, Moylan and HappyBdayDaniel are so talented and definitely deserve more attention.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I think that that this era is the best for sharing music as there is a huge presence on social media, which makes it easier for people to share projects. However, people can sometimes be reluctant to investigate new music, so that can make things hard. 

Finally, what does the rest of 2020 have in store for Lauran Beth?
I’m really looking forward to picking my brain and writing more music. Hopefully I can record more soon, but I am really excited to grow as a musician and songwriter. 

Huge thanks to Lauran for answering our questions! 

’11 Years’ is out now via Beardfire Music.