O disco de estreia de Ailbhe Reddy é uma colecção íntima e introspetiva de canções que ruminam os ritos de passagem de uma jovem artista, emergente e ‘queer’ de Dublin.
Em “Personal History“, a capacidade de Ailbhe de escrever canções de auto-avaliação sincera e honesta vê-a navegar autobiograficamente por finais de relacionamentos na era das redes sociais (“Looking Happy”), fazer reflexões sobre a dualidade entre solidão e independência durante as suas tours (“Time Difference”), e a revelar a sua orientação sexual (“Between Your Teeth” e “Loyal”).
Tendo feito uma pausa na música para estudar psicoterapia por um ano durante a gravação do seu álbum, há uma sensação de que Ailbhe aplica uma nova compreensão e empatia às perspectivas e problemas das pessoas que a rodeiam, além de analisar indirectamente os problemas da sua vida. O estimulante “Self Improvement” dá lugar a um diálogo sobre as dificuldades em lidar com a saúde mental, enquanto outras músicas dissecam com maior precisão questões como aprender a conviver com o fracasso (“Late Bloomer”) e enfrentar os medos de compromisso (“Failing” e “Walk Away”).
Failing is about struggling with any and all decisions. When I wrote it I was definitely going through a period in my life where I was really trying to figure out what I wanted and felt like I was constantly making mistakes or letting people down. So this song was born out of that frustration.
Loyal is about the difference between how we like to think of ourselves and how we really are. I think most people (myself included) would like to think they are loyal even when our actions don’t stack up to that. It was written when I realised the most loyal and kind thing I could do was to let another person go and for us both to move on. Which doesn’t feel like loyalty but was the only kind option.
#3 Between Your Teeth
This was written while I was on the train to Gatwick to head back to Dublin from London. I had been living between the two places for a while and finding it difficult to communicate with my partner at the time. It felt like we were always holding back what we wanted to say because we were rarely spending any quality time together. It’s about the moment when you know someone is about to say something that will change everything, but they hold it back.
#4 Walk Away
This song is about ending a relationship with a lot of uncertainty. I think in most relationships when two people still care about each other, it is more difficult to end things, it can feel like the only option but also like something you may come to regret over time.
#5 Life Without You
Life Without You is everything the title says. It was written the day after a big break up and simply asks the question – ‘what is life going to be like without you in it?’ and ‘who will I be now that ‘we’ no longer exist?
#6 Looking Happy
This song is about looking at other people’s lives through their social media. I think most people can relate to scrolling through someone’s instagram and wondering how another person’s life is filled with parties and holidays. I wrote it about watching someone move away and move on from behind a telephone screen.
#7 Personal History
This song ties the whole album together. It’s about realising that I wanted to commit to a relationship rather than continue going on meaningless dates and getting to know new people. The experience of sitting on a first date when you don’t want to be there, because you were wishing you were with someone else. It’s about realising that sitting on the couch and watching TV with someone, or just having dinner is probably more intimate and romantic than all the dumb dramatic stuff I used to get caught up in when I was younger.
#8 Time Difference
Time Difference is about keeping a long distance relationship going while I was travelling. I always felt like I was in a completely different world to the other person. It’s about the independence and excitement that comes along with loneliness when you’re touring.
#9 Late Bloomer
This song is about living in Dublin and wanting to move away and start somewhere new. I’m also a late bloomer, it takes me a long time to get things done so it’s also about asking someone not to give up on me, because I am going to make things work at some point I just need a little extra time.
We did it in one live take with the guitar, vocal and piano so I feel like it’s a really nice breath of fresh air towards the end of the album.
#10 Self Improvement
This song is about self acceptance. It took me a long time to realise that struggling isn’t failing, that feeling bad today doesn’t mean I’ll feel bad tomorrow, that being vulnerable isn’t being weak. While a lot of the album is about my relationships with other people, Self Improvement is about my relationship with myself.
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