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Orla Gartland sings about male emotional repression on ‘Zombie!’

Orla Gartland sings about male emotional repression on ‘Zombie!’

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Following on from the excellent single ‘More Like You’ inspired by friend jealousy , London-based Irish artist Orla Gartland has released her new song ‘Zombie!’

The song explores the idea of a male partner pushing their feelings down so they don’t have to deal with them, until the dam bursts and those feelings come bursting out.

‘Zombie!’ is about repressing emotions until one day they burst out of you all at once. Specifically it’s about a very common, very male kind of repression I witnessed in a boy I loved once – I could see that he felt things but there was a barrier stopping him from expressing them. I hated that for him, it made me so angry at the societal pressures that led him to that place. For me living “like a zombie” became a metaphor for this way of living; someone so seemingly unemotional on the surface they barely seem alive. I scream my head off in the outro of the song and that scream is meant to feel like a huge release, like the moment you let it all out.”

‘Zombie!’ was co-written and co-produced by Pete Robertson (Beabadoobee), with additional production by Orla.


Gartland’s long-awaited debut album is due for release this year.