- 31 Mar 22
Tara Nome Doyle brought an exceptional live set to the Ruby Sessions Tuesday night.
Nestled above a seemingly inconspicuous pub across from Trinity College is the Ruby Sessions, a small lounge area packed to the brim with tables, stools and music lovers. There's an air of almost irreverence, the people speaking in hushed tones, shoulder to shoulder, all trying to get a look at the small, red curtained stage.
When Tara Nome Doyle came on, the few disparate voices — after a brief "can you be quiet?" from the stage manager — settled into a heavy silence, waiting to be broken by the Doyle's clear, otherworldly voice.
The Berline-based act Norwegian-Irish act kicked off the set with 'Down With You,' a single from 2018. It has since been streamed more than four million times, with her first EP Dandelion landing that same year to similar numbers and acclaim. The project was published by avant-pop label Martin Hossbach - noted for jump-starting the careers of many Berlin artists. Her debut album Alchemy came in 2020, cementing Tara’s status as a star on the rise
It was clear that, despite being stripped-back to just a piano, the emotionality behind her voice remained as she performed 'Down With You'. Playing with a light touch, the swelling instrumentation complimented her high, clear vocals in beautiful, touching manner.
"This is the one I mess up the most," Doyle joked, before sinking into 'Overgrown Path.' Intricate and dreamy, it possessed the air of being lulled deeper and deeper into a dark forest — it was if she was casting a spell over the crowd, with several moments of heavy silence following the final note, before bursting into applause.
Moving onto the final two songs of her shortened set, 'Snail I' and 'Crow' from her February release Værmin, Doyle was just warming up. There was this incredible sonic quality to her voice, perfectly in pitch to the point you could be convinced it was a recording — if not for the microphone and piano in front of her. Eyes closed as she sang, it felt as if she was drawing the words from deep inside, and expressing them was the most natural thing in the world to her.
Though only four songs, the set gave the audience a taste of the eerie art-pop Doyle has defined as her own — hauntingly beautiful and profoundly moving.
Listen to Værmin below, and revisit her 2022 interview with Hot Press here.