Galway artist Laoise is among a slew of really exciting female acts who are going to dominate Irish music in 2018. ‘Bother’, which follows the single ‘Rich’ and the Halfway EP last year, is just more evidence of this, a slow pop song that oozes confidence and a chorus filled with ideas that’ll have you coming back for more. The 21-year-old (!) says: “’Bother’ was probably the hardest song I’ve ever written, but also the quickest. I wrote it about a relationship that was ending; it had been over for quite some time actually, and it was bumping into that person a while later that made me write the song. I sat down at the piano and within 20 minutes I had ‘Bother’, and it said all the things I wish I had said a long time ago. It was a slow piano song for a long time before we worked with the amazing producer, Chris Bubenzer, and he really helped transform this track into the confident electro-pop track that you hear now. ‘Bother’ feels like a massive cleanse for me, and I especially can’t wait to perform it live.”

Laoise – ‘Bother’ has been added to the TPOE New Irish Music playlist on Spotify. Listen here