- 23 Nov 20
With 163,000 YouTube subscribers currently and an ability to harness the power of alt-pop songs as a teenager, the comparisons to beabadoobee and Clairo from music critics and fans alike are unsurprising.
Teenage singer-songwriter Patricia Lalor has emerged as one of the country's most thrilling new alternative stars. In addition to her original tracks, her cover of Mac DeMarco's 'My Kind Of Woman' has clocked up over 1.2 million views, while her rendition of 'Cherry Wine' won the praise of Hozier himself. Following the release of her highly anticipated Covers EP1 last month, she returns today with 'This Man Thought He Saved Me'.
Lalor let her vocals speak for themselves throughout her livestream set, never pausing to introduce the song or even herself, but her voice is mesmerising enough to stop anyone in their tracks and makes for the perfect bedroom indie pop gig. Lalor's setlist was mainly covers, which is how she made her name in the first place after attracting the attention of major industry names as an 11-year-old. Covering 'Clara Rockmore's Ghost' by Dandelion Hands, Radiohead's hit 'Spectre', the Alex G track 'Change' and Mac DeMarco's 'My Kind of Woman'; her choice of song reflects the genres of music that built her into one of the most exciting Irish songwriters of 2020. The lyrics delve into love, connection, mental health, grief and loss, but despite the fact that the covers are infamous as a result of their original singer-songwriters, Lalor manages to make each song her own. Bon Iver's well-known and often-covered classic 'Skinny Love' becomes a new song altogether from the Wexford teenager's point-of-view, and Daughter's 'Youth' could have been written by Lalor herself.
Her rendition of latest single 'This Man Thought He Saved Me' gives her audience the first taste of her forthcoming EP This is How We Connect. The song is a brooding indie track laced with hypnotic synths, with her haunting vocals singling out those whose actions don't reflect their words.
“It’s a song about people supporting something they believe in but not willing to do or say anything that stands up for it,” Patricia recently said of 'This Man Thought He Saved Me'.
The upcoming EP This Is How We Connect, While You Stand So Tall features further lo-fi alt-pop gems, including the solemn trance of ‘To Cope’, indie anthem ‘Same Place Again’ and the introspective musings of ‘Felt Something Finally’ which is dripping in down-tempo synths.
Check out her full Y&E Series performance below:
The Y&E Series continues to shine a light on some of the best new and emerging talent that Ireland has to offer in 2020. Following the success of the previous two editions of the Y&E Series, you can once again expect 40 brilliant acts to join Hot Press on Instagram for special live-streamed performances.
Watch Eoin Glacken tonight, November 23, as part of the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' The Y&E Series, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media – live on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) at 7.30pm.