LAOISE‘s music will melt even the frostiest heart. The hyped Irish newcomer makes electro-pop that’s emotionally charged, somehow managing to be both raw and pristine at the same time. If you need evidence, shiver-inducing recent release ‘Shooting’ is one of her most affecting recordings to date, fusing synth, indie and alt-pop sounds that echo London favourite NAO. With this the final track to be released from her soul-baring debut EP ‘Halfway’, we caught LAOISE to get the lowdown on her story so far.

‘Shooting’ is hauntingly beautiful. How did the track come about?

“I wrote ‘Shooting’ with a friend of mine just over a year ago. We were both going through a similar experience where we sort of felt like we had no control over situations around us, hence the line “shooting with no ammo”. It was the last track I wrote and recorded for the ‘Halfway’ EP. I took it to Seán Behan (A Place Called Kai Studios) and we finished recording it in a day. It just felt right.”

How did you start out in music?

“I was lucky enough to grow up in such a musical home in Galway. I started playing violin at the age of 6 and moved on to play piano and guitar a few years later. I think because I played such a melodic instrument for years that I developed a certain an understanding for melody and top lines that writing made a lot of sense to me by the time I was 15. I’ve been writing songs ever since and I couldn’t see myself going without doing it.”

What’s your biggest achievement in music so far?

“I think my biggest achievement in music thus far has been releasing music that people like. I spent quite a long time reinventing myself and my music and seeing the likes of 220,000 streams on Spotify with my debut song ‘YOU’ is incredible to see. I can’t even imagine that many people in one place so I’m incredibly grateful.”

Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?

“Right now I’m listening to a lot of new and exciting pop: Halsey, Oh Wonder, Lorde, Skott and Maggie Rogers have been on repeat during my downtime in the studio the past month or so. I really feel like music today is in great hands with such strong, creative women at the forefront of extremely exciting and fresh projects.”

Any other new bands or artists that you’ve played with and would recommend?

“The Irish music scene is thriving at the moment. Acts like Jafaris, Ailbhe Reddy, Maria Kelly and more I’ve really been digging. I’m very excited for Ireland’s future in music.”

And finally, what does 2017 hold for LAOISE?

“I’ve just released my debut EP and that was so thrilling to do! I’m itching to get out and share it with as many people as possible. We’re playing Truck Festival in Oxford at the end of the month as well as some other festivals at home in Ireland over the course of the summer. I love getting on the road and meeting new fans. I’m feeling really good for 2017.”