We’re living in very strange times at the moment, and there seems to just be a great degree of uncertainty and confusion around everything presently. As a result people are looking for anything they can find that might hopefully offer some respite and solace from the bad news that seems to be incessant at the moment. It is at times like these that art and creativity adopt a new place in the minds of people who are looking for a way of distraction.
The most recent release from Waterford singer/songwriter, Moylan (known off stage as Moylan Brunnock) has been developing a reputation on the Irish music scene over the last few years, since first coming to the public attention through the RTÉ TV talent show, The Voice of Ireland. Appearances at a variety of Irish music festivals, including Electric Picnic, Imagine Arts Fest, and others.
The Waterford native is back with her new single, It’s Alright, and it seems to he the perfect piece of music for the times that we are living in. A exploration of the sensation of feeling the need to stop and reassess where we are in our lives.
The track opens with transport sounds in the background as the audience hears cars, planes, and trains over the opening vocals by Moylan. This is immediately a clever tactic as it suggests at a world that is passing our protagonist by as she is stuck in a personal moment. The song is extremely introspective and talks to that scenario will all find ourselves in at different points where we find ourselves stopping to reassess our lives and what to do next. That feeling that the future is uncertain and may require more planning that initially thought.
While this may seem like a difficult or unhappy idea, it is treated as something hopeful throughout the track. There is a sense that Moylan has chosen to take her current situation as an opportunity of endless possibility, there is no need to pander to the other people in your life, this is a time to do you and be you.
“You still don’t seem to know
Are you doing what you want now,
Or are you putting on a show,
Thinking everybody’s watching
Well everybody’s gone,
You’re walking ’round in circles
But it’s time to move on”
The instrumentation on the track is another demonstration of Moylan’s talents for creating soundscapes that accurately reflect the sentiment that she’s trying to put across. The track opens with a solo piano riff before being built up in later choruses and verses with overlapping vocals and atmospheric effects, before fading down to the lone piano again at the end.
On It’s Alright, Moylan has managed to make a scary and oppressive situation feel hopeful, and ultimately, this is all we really need right now.
“But it’s not as bad as it seems my friend…”