Orla Gartland Releases New Why Am I Like This? EP & Announces European Tour including Scala, London Show
Orla Gartland releases her much anticipated Why Am I Like This? EP and announces a European tour in November, including a headline show at The Scala, London.
Why Am I Like This? EP is a collection of inward-facing songs written over the four years Dublin-born Gartland has resided in London.
As she explains: “Each of these songs explores something I’ve learnt about myself in my late teens through to my early twenties – these super turbulent, super formative years.”
The EP features the focus track Inevitable, featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist today and available to stream/share on Soundcloud today to mark the EP release and tour announcement, with the accompanying music video following Friday 7 June. The track is a live favourite despite being a break-up ballad of sorts, Inevitable shows Gartland exploring the sad and slow decay of a relationship from the inside out.
Why Am I Like This? EP also includes the previous singles Why Am I Like This? (February 2019) and Flatline (April 2019). The former was aptly coined “existential pop” and received phenomenal support being the artist’s fastest-growing track to date – with over a million Spotify streams and counting.Why Am I Like This? dealt head-on with social anxiety, delivered in Gartland’s refreshingly stripped-bare honesty. It’s a style of ‘confessionary pop’ that has seen Gartland compared to the likes of icon Stevie Nicks. Its follow-up Flatline offered an insight into the misery of one-sided friendships andwas a return to Gartland’s unique ‘pop’ sound, where universally relatable and melancholy-tinged lyrics are juxtaposed with colourful, multi-layered indie-pop. A sound that has been compared to artists such as St. Vincent, Regina Spektor and HAIM.
Gartland has received support from key tastemakers such as The Line of Best Fit, Pop Justice and 405, among many others. To date her music has been streamed over 8 million times on Spotify alone, with 180k YouTube subscribers and thousands of loyal online supporters.
This year alone, Gartland has toured Europe extensively with Dodie including a date at Roundhouse, London; played a sold-out headline UK/Ireland tour which included two Omeara, London dates, and recently performed Live at Leeds festival.
Now Orla Gartland has announced a headline European tour including a date at her homeland of Dublin, Ireland and a headline show at The Scala, London. Exclusive fan tickets are available to buy from Wednesday 29 May with additional tickets going on sale on Friday 31 June.
NOVEMBER EUROPEAN TOUR:
6th: Boileroom, Guildford, UK
7th: Les Etoiles Theatre, Paris, France
9th: Privatclub, Berlin, Germany
10th: Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
12th: The Wardrobe, Leeds, UK
13th: SWG3, Glasgow, UK
14th: Academy 3, Manchester UK
15th: Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
17th: O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK
18th: Thekla, Bristol, UK
19th: The Haunt, Brighton, UK
20th: Scala, London UK
Orla Gartland’s Why Am I Like This? EP is out today via iTunes and all streaming platforms. The EP was written by Orla Gartland with the exception ofFlatline which was co-written, and produced, by James Flannigan. Other production credits include Eliot James (Inevitable), Gethin Pearson (Why Am I Like This?) and Orla Gartland (Overthinking). All EP tracks mixed by Gethin Pearson and mastered by Robin Schmidt
WHY AM I LIKE THIS? EP – TRACKLIST:
1. Why Am I Like This?
4. Overthinking (demo)