Orla Gartland Releases New Song “You're Not Special, Babe”
- Last months, Irish singer-songwriter Orla Gartland announced her upcoming debut album “Woman on the Internet” would be released on August 20, 2021.
She released the fifth single called “You're Not Special, Babe” from the album on July 7th, following “Pretending”, “More Like You”, “Zombie!” and “Do You Mind?”.
She co-wrote and co-produced with Tom Stafford. The accompanying music video was directed by Orla Gartland herself and Greta Isaa.
“Growing up is weird and my twenties feel like chaos. 'You're Not Special, Babe' is a coming-of-age song written to remind myself that everyone goes through all of it; good times, bad times, strange times, dizzying highs & extreme lows. The title sounds mean but it's really meant to be a comforting message!,” Orla Gartland said of the song. “I wrote and produced this song with my friend and collaborator Tom Stafford at the beginning of 2020. Lyrically it set a tone for the rest of the album tracks to follow; no bullshit – just a messy scrapbook of honest, matter-of-fact thoughts. We demoed the song together in Tom's London studio and then later brought it to Middle Farm Studios in Devon where we set up for 3 weeks – my band playing on this track took it to the next level & gave it the raucous energy it was missing. Sonically 'You're Not Special, Babe' has everything I love – ethereal synths, shimmery guitars, harmonies, tiny drums and big drums. I cannot wait to play this song live.”
- The debut album comprises of 11-track. She explained of the album, “When I was a few songs into writing the album it became clear that Woman on the Internet is about the chaos of my 20s. It's a different chaos to your late teens, such a different brand of angst. I feel so much more settled and sure of myself now than I was when I was 18 or 19 but I'm still just half the person I'm going to be and to capture that became really important.”
She added, “She's a caricature; a nameless, faceless figure telling me to eat better or buy some specific hair product; when I feel low I'm so vulnerable to questionable advice. The woman appears in these songs as someone I look to for guidance when it feels like no one in my real life can help, when I'm truly lost. A lot of this album is about learning to really own that lostness.”
- source : Spotify