UK R&B artist Eliza’s recent album A Sky Without Stars is one of our favourites of recent months. The album is a vibe of R&B and textures with simplicity and verve to these late-night-style neo-soul productions.
Good news then that Eliza will be playing an unplugged set in Hen’s Teeth in Blackpitts in Dublin 8 on Sunday November 27th, to celebrate A Sky Without Stars.
Expect some unplugged songs, a record signing and a DJs playing after. Tickets are from €11.50 plus fees on Eventbrite.
Taken from her 2018 album ‘A Real Romantic’, Eliza’s lead single ‘Wasn’t Looking’ racked up 24 million views for her performance on Berlin’s A Colors Show, which allowed her to resurface and reconnect with her fans and peers, ever since then Eliza has done nothing but create wholesome music, collaborate with other smooth sounding artists and performed at her own sold out show.
Eliza’s latest release takes inspiration from an eclectic set of artists including Nirvana, D’Angelo, Aaliyah, Joni Mitchell and so many more. ‘A Sky Without Stars’ is an ode to the societal, environmental and political issues we all face on a day to day basis, the album title is a metaphor to all of life’s distractions that cloud and distort our vision like misinformation, overstimulation, judgement and more. ‘A Sky Without Stars’ is also Eliza’s way of highlighting the importance of our failing ecosystems, which has ironically resulted in the lack of stars in the sky. Singles from the album have already drawn Eliza a lot of traction, leading up to the album’s release including ‘Everywhere I’ll Ever Be’, ‘Straight Talker’ and ‘Heat Of The Moon’.
An innovative thinker and musician, Eliza is one of the many artists within the UK’s R’n’B scene who highlights a variety of heartfelt, political and relatable topics within her music.
One of the most captivating re-inventions of an artist in the last decade. ELIZA returns with a bold new LP titled A Sky Without Stars, which, in the face of a multitude of problems in the world, invites us to look up, gain perspective, and remember the important things in life.
The title came because she wanted to point at the reality of the skies, and that we never get to see the stars in London or any city in the world. We are shrouded under a self-oppressive veil of light pollution. This, she feels, could be one of the major sources of many of the world’s problems – a fracture in our relationship with nature, which makes us lose sight of our place in the universe, and our infinitesimally small size within it.
In tones as smooth as honey, she draws us in and delves into the darkness. And drawing on the sonics of the 70s, songs are laden with a wool-warm and satin-soft sound, lending them a feel that is at once sullen, saturnine, sensual and seductive.
The LP calls us to look up at the sky and make way for the stars.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.