- 20 Oct 21
Blending elements of shoegaze and lo-fi dream-pop, Cruel Sister has established herself as a thrilling new force in Irish music.
Your first two singles have explored both love and heartbreak – what inspires that emotionally-charged approach to songwriting?
In general, I usually start with the music first. Then I experiment with the vocal melody in gibberish that sounds right for the song – then lyrics. It’s more natural to me to convey emotions through the music, as I feel lyric writing hasn’t always particularly been my forte.
But sometimes things happen in life that cause such emotional turmoil that I just absolutely have to talk about it in a song, sometimes even just for my own self-soothing. So in those instances, it would be lyrics first. If it’s about my own experiences and feelings, I try to keep it real, and just say what I genuinely feel – even if it sounds a bit simplistic.
Because there’s no point in talking about emotions or experiences I haven’t gone though for the sake of a song being more lyrically dense, especially when it comes to love and pain.
What can we expect from your upcoming EP?
A lot of reverb. Like, a LOT.
You’ve also collaborated with Waterford producer Evan Miles – what do you think of the independent Irish scene right now?
It’s unbelievably exciting to me. There’s so many interesting acts making music right now across just about every genre you can think of. Music production and getting your music out there is becoming so much more accessible, and it means we’re able to hear music from such a wide variety of people and genres. I’m really looking forward to what the scene will give us in a post-corona world.
As live music gradually reopens, what are your plans for the months ahead?
I want to be able to play as many gigs as possible, and attend just as many. And more than anything else, I want to dance till dawn!
• ‘‘My Forever’ and ‘Too Much’ are out now.