- 13 Jan 21
Gartland originally gained popularity through posting covers and original music on her YouTube channel, creating a devoted fanbase who are eager to hear her debut LP.
The artist entered the Irish iTunes charts in 2012 with her debut single 'Devil on my Shoulder'. Shortly thereafter, the indie-pop musician independently released her first two EPs; Roots in 2013 and Lonely People in 2015, both topping Irish singer-songwriter iTunes charts. Returning back with a bang, Gartland released her third EP Why Am I Like This? in May of 2019, compiled of several previous single releases such as 'I Go Crazy', and 'Between My Teeth'.
Gartland's fourth EP Freckle Season, was released on February 21st, 2020 and featured heartsick single 'Heavy' and 'oh GOD'. Last year also saw the release of her track 'Pretending', and 'Did It To Myself' was also featured on the hugely popular BBC Three/Hulu drama Normal People. It's safe to say that Gartland is a prolific artist, and her newest offering builds on her indie-folk soundscape with a catchy melody and searing words.
'More Like You' touches on the theme of insecurity, with Gartland attempting to climb the mountain of self-love despite feeling jealous of a friend. Finished over lockdown, the song was written in collaboration with Tommy King (musical director and collaborator to HAIM, Vampire Weekend) and is a confessional taste of Orla’s forthcoming debut album.
"I heard it from a woman on the internet / she told me to eat well and try to love myself / maybe I won't wish that I was someone else / tell me how to be more like you?" the musician sings on the track.
Exploring self-doubt and personal inadequacy, the introspective Gartland doesn't hold back.
"I know that I've been flirting with the enemy, but please don't be so perfect right in front of me / I think of all the things that I will never be / tell me how to be more like you?"
Listen to 'More Like You' below: