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Katie Laffan

  • Sol y Sombra Lower Bridge St Killorglin, County Kerry Ireland (map)

Recently named by the Irish Times as one of their people to watch in 2018, Katie Laffan has never been an artist to stand still. From a debut EP of lo-fi funk to the subtly affecting Trophy and last year’s alternative disco anthem Tastemaker, the Dubliner delights in taking influence from a wealth of genres — producing most of her own music in a home studio. Having spent much of 2017 playing with her band at the likes of Electric Picnic (where she was deemed the “new act of the festival” by the Irish Times), the IMRO Other Room at Other Voices, Body&Soul, and the St. Patrick’s Festival Young Blood event at the National Concert Hall, Katie Laffan has returned to the solo approach for her new Spacer EP.

"It's so addictive, we sense stardom is imminent..."

—Record of the Day

A further taste of what’s to come can be found in the form of new single Aversion, a meeting of spacey production and exquisite pop melodies. As with all her lyrics, the song offers a very personal insight into the topics that inspire Laffan — in this case, the struggle for self-expression and the fear of being yourself in light of peer pressure. The accompanying video, above, directed by Laura Sheeran, captures the themes perfectly — reveling in the joy of leaving your cares and doubts behind and featuring a cameo from Irish scientist and candidate astronaut Dr. Norah Patten. The clip was premiered as part of Norah’s talk at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, at which she also played in front of President Michael D. Higgins.

"Fabulously lissom beatnik disco pop..." 

— The Times

"You can almost hear the disco ball spinning overhead..."

— The 405

"As fresh as a day old haircut..."

— The Irish Times

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