- 16 Mar 23
Irish singer delivers
Known for her witty lyricism and incandescent alt-folk vocals, Ailbhe Reddy has been steadily on the rise since the release of her 2016 debut EP. However, the singer’s latest offering Endless Affair – filled with beguiling melodies and stunning vocals – is unambiguously her most impressive work to date.
It’s a wonderfully eclectic collection, with Reddy’s charisma and star quality very much to the fore. Opener ‘Shitshow’ beautifully sets the scene with some ominous lyrics (“Tell me how did I get here? / This endless pitiful affair”), while ‘A Mess’ boasts swirling vocals over a grungy backdrop. The drum-driven ‘Damage’ doffs its cap to ‘80s hit ‘Footloose’, with the infectious handclaps adding to the nostalgia.
Other standouts include the Dolores-meets-Sinéad epic ‘Bloom’; ‘Last To Leave’, which incorporates some witty Irish-isms (“God you’re on form tonight/ Finish your pint”); and the rocking ‘I’m Winning, You’re Losing’, which has echoes of both Garbage and Pillow Queens. ‘Motherhood’, meanwhile, proves harrowing-yet-heartening, with Reddy delivering an especially stirring vocal performance.
Endless Affair confirms that Ailbhe Reddy has what it takes to become an international sensation. She just needs the stars to align...
Listen to Endless Affair, out March 17, here.
Read our new interview with Ailbhe Reddy in the current issue of Hot Press – in shops now, and available to order online below: