Irish singer-songwriter Orla Gartland has released the third single to her as-of-now untitled debut album. The track, ‘Zombie!’, details the inner tumult that expectations in society can churn up in someone.
“’Zombie!’ is about repressing emotions until one day they burst out of you all at once,” Gartland explains. “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.”
Songs about mental health struggles that man face are still rare in pop music. The image of the stoic lad with a stiff upper lip is the predominant, even idealised, image, but Gartland knows that it can consequently turn you numb and unfeeling, like the title monster. It’s not groundbreaking, but it is nice to hear a song act as positive reinforcement against an unhealthy societal trend. It’s also nice when the song is catchy as all hell, as this one is.
Gartland has been teasing her first proper LP since the release of the single ‘Pretending’ last year. Since then, we’ve seen a second single, ‘More Like You’, as well. At this rate, Gartland will probably just release the full album track one by one before the LP even has a proper title or release date.
Check out the official video for ‘Zombie!’ down below.