Music Review: Orla Gartland’s EP, ‘Roots’

We’re always eagerly anticipating hearing more from the extremely talented (and, of course, fiery-haired) Irish singer-songwriter Orla Gartland. And it seems almost sinful that we haven’t yet shared the release of her new EP, ‘Roots,’ with fellow members of the gingerverse, but here it is.

Orla released ‘Roots’ in November 2013, and it sounds just as unique and impressive as her glorious ginger hair looks, which is pretty darned impressive in my (only slightly biased) opinion.

Orla Gartland - Roots EP

The EP features four original songs from this quirky and talented singer: Roots, Clueless, Human and Empty Man.

It’s almost impossible to choose a favourite, as with only four songs, Orla has managed to cover a diverse range of emotion. The first tracks featured is the incredibly upbeat ‘Roots.’ Admittedly, the first time I heard this song I couldn’t help but dance around the kitchen (unaware that my brother recorded the whole thing now to become yet another embarrassing home video. Thanks, Orla).

The next song is ‘Clueless,’ which again had me on my feet. However, I must warn you, this song is extremely catchy and may refuse to leave your head for a number of weeks. Yes, I said weeks. Never underestimate the hypnotic power of gingerful music!

‘Human’ is (currently) my favourite track on the EP (see above). It’s original, catchy and dreamy. It’s one of those songs that you can’t help but visualise in your head as you’re listening to it. ‘Human’ would be the first song I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t know who Orla Gartland is.

‘Empty Man,’ the last song on the EP, is absolutely beautiful. It really showcases Orla’s talent as both a singer and a songwriter, and contains a huge depth of emotion.

Orla Gartland - Ginge T-Shirt

All in all, ‘Roots’ is an amazing EP. Hats off to the fabulously gingerful Orla Gartland! It has received great reviews on iTunes and I’ll have my eyes wide open for more music from Orla.

You can download your own copy at iTunes.

Information on Orla’s tour dates can be found here.

 

By Niamh

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