Irish indie rock singer Amy Ellen graces the Hot Press Y&E series with her introspective lyrics and delicate vocals.
Since 2019, Amy Ellen has proven herself to be one of the most exciting artists in the burgeoning Irish indie-rock/pop scene. With a unique style firmly rooted in traditional folk music, Ellen takes listeners on an emotional journey.
The Dublin-based artist kicked off his set with ‘In The Dark’, the first of several singles from his 2021 EP Only you will know. The singer was joined for her set by her songwriting partner Axel MacDonald, who played the accompaniment on Ellen’s father’s Dreadnought Takamine guitar.
“I feel super exposed but it’s really great to have the opportunity to do these live streams. I love doing these stripped down sets because we usually work with a whole band,” Ellen remarked.
His next song “Days” is inspired by the aftermath of a breakup and the roller coaster of emotions that come with it. The optimistic air contrasts with the often painful lyrics: Hard to see through the anger / I know we both felt betrayed / you moved faster than I expected / But it was better this way.
Ellen and MacDonald’s next song, “It’s Time”, was the first song they wrote together. During a snowstorm in 2018, the two musicians found themselves trapped indoors and surrounded by all their instruments.
Then, the duo went even further in time by playing Ellen’s very first album, “My Heart”. Influences from Angie McMahon, Kurt Vile and Fleetwood Mac have always been prominent in Ellen’s music.
The duo ended their performance by venturing into new musical territory with the song ‘Daydreaming’. Before delivering the final track, Ellen revealed that the new track is set to be released very soon and that she recently completed a photo shoot for the song. “You may be hearing this around the world very soon,” Ellen teased.
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Saturday April 16: Ellen Arthur Blyth
Embracing classic influences like Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee, as well as the contemporary edge of Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey, Ellen Arthur Blyth has been called a powerful emerging force on the local scene. After a stint in a nine-piece band and a brief but acclaimed acting career, the Dublin-born artist recently shared the title track from her highly anticipated debut studio album, Nine.
Sunday April 17: Bradley Marshall
The Dublin-based singer-songwriter lands on the Y&E series as soon as his latest single, “Make Believe” is released. Having already garnered a sizable following on social media – including more than 5.5 million likes on TikTok – he has spent the past few months carefully honing his craft with some of the country’s top songwriters, and his latest single, ” Make Believe”, marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in his career. Bradley is also set to join recent Y&E performer Lea Heart as a special guest on her flagship Academy shows on April 19-20.
Monday, April 18: Xona
Xona has quickly become one of the hottest forces in Irish music, following the release of her debut EP, In My Head, last year via Welcome To the New World – a Berlin-based label which also represents Tolü Makai. After moving from Lagos, Ireland at the age of 10, he spent his teenage years immersed in music, before becoming a star in the Irish underground music scene, with a sound influenced by jazz, electronics, house, rock, classical and more.
Tuesday, April 19: Slaney
As well as being a hugely talented actress – who appeared on the hit series Normal People – Slaney has established herself as one of the most exciting emerging forces in Irish pop. After teaming up with producer Michael Hopkins, the Carlow artist has released a string of acclaimed dance-pop singles, which have earned coveted spots on Spotify’s editorial playlists like New Music Friday UK, New Pop UK, Irish Dance , Fresh Finds, Chilled Pop Hits. , Fresh Finds Pop and A Breath of Fresh Ireland. She was also recruited by Paradigm Talent Agency for live performance worldwide.
Wednesday, April 20: Jesse June
Rising Nigerian-Irish star Jesse June has earned a reputation as an exciting new force in Irish music, with 2021 singles ‘Hide My Feelings’ and ‘Gotta Be Frank’ following a series of Soundcloud releases. As we eagerly await his next release, he is also sharing his writings on his new website, jessejune.com