April drops new track and video 'Watching You Disappear,' taken from her second EP 'Luna' out October 23.
Rising Irish act April reflects on the intention to forget with ‘Watching You Disappear,’ the latest cut from her second EP Luna, out October 23. The track follows previous single ‘Forever (To Feel Like Tonight),’ which was recently featured by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart as his ‘Chillest Record In The World.’
Her mature approach to songwriting, sharp and reflective lyricism, clever pop hooks and intimate vocals saw April resonate with listeners and critics.
April hit the radar earlier in 2020 with her striking debut EP New Conditions, a release which has amassed over 7 million streams to date.
‘Watching You Disappear’ is accompanied by a video directed by Callum L. James, which sees April move through a hazy night out, tying closely to the track’s meaning. April explains;
“I wrote ‘Watching You Disappear’ at a time I was going out loads and doing things to take my mind off things and feelings, so the title is basically about me watching someone fade away in my mind as I preoccupy my brain! I used to listen to “I’ll come too” by James Blake every night I’d go out, so I put the lyric “I’m in that kinda mood” in my song as a little homage.”
April’s creative resolve and self-sufficiency saw her overcome and embrace the limitations of a turbulent year, evolving her sound to bring the four songs on Luna to life. The EP saw April work again with producer Fred Macpherson from UK indie outfit Spector, as well as with young Irish rapper Kojaque on the track ‘Would You Let Me In.’
“Basically we worked over zoom calls during lockdown and produced the songs back and forth together. I was very lucky to have had the songs written before lockdown because I had such
a creative block”
“Luna is a step forward from New Conditions for me - I definitely feel like I’m maturing as an artist, and this EP feels more like me now than the last.
I’m definitely still experimenting and finding my sound, I love so many genres it’s hard to just stick to one and it was exciting that I got to try different things this time.”
April is 21-year-old April Lawlor, who hails from a small town in Ireland’s County Kildare. Growing up in a musical household, she was shown her first steps by her Dad, who played in a Johnny Cash covers band in his spare time, encouraging her to write and record since she was a child.
Her first musical outputs - demos she’d record and upload to soundcloud the same day - began gaining powerful word-of-mouth momentum, and led to her first European support tour with American indie-pop musician Alec Benjamin in late 2019. Taking inspiration from other artists with roots in bedroom pop, April’s music sits somewhere between Clairo and Gus Dapperton, with flashes of Lana Del Rey and Lorde.
She cites her binge-listening of FKA Twigs and King Princess during lockdown as new influences which weave their way into Luna.
Despite the hype, April’s ambitions remain humble. Mainly, she’d just like to play a gig.
“The first EP came out at a weird time, I didn’t get to gig and connect with crowds but it honestly just made me more excited for when I can - and now, I will have 2 EP’s out by the time I can gig again!”