Being your self is difficult sufficient. As Orla Gartland exhibits in her new ‘Pretending’ video, ‘turning into no matter one other particular person needs you to be’ is a ache, and she or he’s so ‘achieved’ with it.
“I could be a relentless individuals pleaser. It’s exhausting,” Orla Gartland tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY when discussing her new track and video, “Pretending.” Within the visible, out immediately (Oct. 16), the Irish indie singer-songwriter, musician, and producer finds herself staring within the mirror a WC at a Hollywood social gathering, one which’s gone off the rounds. Because the chaos and monotony crash round Orla, she struggles with being trustworthy with herself (“who’re you so afraid to be?”) and being trustworthy with others (“I lied about liking your costume”). In the end, she drops the facade and embraces her reality: “I need to go dwelling / go away me alone.”
“ ‘Pretending’ is about being at a celebration — on this case, a particular social gathering [laughs] – and listening to your self again and never recognizing your personal voice,” provides Orla. “Turning into regardless of the different particular person needs you to be in that second. It’s unhappy, however I’ve caught myself doing it so much over the previous few years.” Although a particular second impressed “Pretending,” Orla’s deft songwriting has crafted a common anthem for anybody attempting to stroll that social tightrope between “pleasing others” and being true to your self.
This isn’t to say that Orla has stopped pretending. Fairly the alternative. “I faux on a regular basis,” she tells HollywoodLife. “Being a musician appears like one massive bluff generally – fumbling in the dead of night, attempting issues till one thing sticks. Although the final time I used to be straight up pretending.” As for a particular second when she needed to be one thing she wasn’t, Orla says, “After I was younger, I used to make up lies to make myself appear extra fascinating. I’d inform individuals at college I broke my arm on the weekend or all of Westlife got here to my home for dinner.”
The Dublin-born, London-based singer doesn’t have to stretch the reality to make herself look fascinating. After constructing a buzz on-line by posting cowl songs to YouTube, Orla ventured out on her personal, crafting a definite musical voice that noticed her submit her debut single, “Satan on my Shoulder” in 2012. From there, her profession took off. She launched her debut venture, Roots, the next 12 months, with subsequent EPs – Lonely Individuals, Why Am I Like This? and Freckle Season – arriving in 2015, 2019, and 2020, respectively. Her music has amassed over 45 million Spotify streams, which is spectacular, contemplating she hasn’t launched a full-length album. Nevertheless, that’s about to vary, as she’s at present within the studio placing the ending touches on her eagerly anticipated debut album scheduled for launch in 2021.
Not all “pretending” is painful. Halloween is simply across the nook. Whereas Orla’s costumes in “Halloween” aren’t that scary, don’t suppose she will be able to’t be terrifying. “I positively dressed up as a genuinely scary zombie bride at an age the place everybody was being horny cats, horny nurses, horny something,” she says when requested her favourite Halloween costume. I don’t remorse that. I used to be a sick zombie bride.”
“Pretending” is out now.