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Fast-rising Dublin singer-songwriter-producer Orla Gartland has released her long-awaited debut album "Woman On The Internet" via her own label New Friends. It's pure gold in songwriting, production and hooks, for fans of Dodie, Sharon Van Etten and The Big Moon. Gartland continues to make bolder, more interesting leaps as the record progresses. There is a sharp edge to much of it; the Hole-channelling ‘Codependency’ kicks off with a squalling riff, and her knotted multi-part harmonies really bite alongside loops of rattling drums. After a rock star intro track, “Alright, let’s go!” piano notes become punctured by unnerving electronic whirrs on ‘Left Behind,’ while ‘Zombie!” reveals deeper textures over time as heady layers of guitar begin to unfurl. In a world where we’re taught to aspire to unattainable levels of perfection, Orla Gartland’s unfiltered honesty is a breath of fresh air. Balancing normal insecurities and a self-deprecating wit with impressive levels of self-reliance and steely determination, the Dublin-born, London-based has never pretended to be anything other than a work in progress and has always used her music as a vehicle for self-discovery. Given the circumstances, ‘Woman On The Internet’ is a hard-won celebration of perseverance and artistic freedom, and Gartland finally can frame her success in her own way.

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