JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS
ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM PARMA VIOLETS
DUE OUT ON 8 APRIL
Jealous of the Birds is the solo project of hotly tipped Irish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Naomi Hamilton. Her debut album Parma Violets, due out in April, matches introspective indie-folk with fiery post-punk. Beautifully crafted songs have been given contrasting arrangements, veering from stripped-down acoustic guitar to full-band indie-rock anthems, all overlaid by Naomi’s compelling layered vocals. Equal parts light and shade, the songs are poignant and vulnerable, bursting with honesty and raw passion.
The first single “Goji Berry Sunset” is perhaps the most whimsical track, about the first flourish of a romantic relationship, with lyrics steeped in quirkiness and infectious melody. As Naomi explains: “It’s a mellow kind of sweetness that never grows sour.” The track was premiered today by tastemaker blog For The Rabbits who said: “The album drifts effortlessly from acoustic guitars, to string crescendos and scuzzy garage-punk; that Jealous Of The Birds had managed to make a record that sounds simultaneously like Alela Diane, Kimya Dawson and Colleen Green is testament to her versatility, whilst the fact that it all sounds so good together is miraculous.”
Hailing from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, Jealous of the Birds emerged from the vibrant suburban folk scene, alongside acts such as Ciaran Lavery and No Oil Painting. Naomi quietly unleashed her debut EP Capricorn in March 2015, where her wonderfully understated bedroom indie-folk won her an ever-growing legion of support. The entire EP is a stunning lo-fi collection of tunes recalling Girlpool, Karen Dalton, Cat Power, Laura Marling and even The Moldy Peaches at times. Describing her music she has said; “My only hope is that the songs sound like a real friend talking.”
Keen to move away from a purely “folk” or “singer-songwriter” tag, for her debut full-length, Hamiltonthrows her net wider, moving from bedroom recording to a real studio. With a more extensive range of instrumentation and producer Declan Legge at the helm, the sound is much more sonically expansive and dynamic. Refusing to be pinned down by genre, the tone of each song is contrasting yet complimentary.
Parma Violets is a startlingly realized offering, poignant and beguiling, the album has a lo-fi organic integrity that is utterly bewitching. No longer to be Jealous of the Birds, here Naomi Hamilton proves that she can fly just as high.
18 Feb – Belfast – 39 Gordon St (part of Output Festival)
Jealous of the Birds
Goji Berry Sunset
Trouble in Bohemia
Tonight I Feel Like Kafka
The Zodiac Bar