Belfast-based artist Oisín ó Scolaí plays a brand of folk-pop heavily imbued with cutting truths and subtle, burrowing melodies. With an added dash of kitchen sink surrealism, it’s something single ‘Cardboard Cowboy’ taps into and then some. One of a series of songs written whilst in lockdown in his childhood home of Rann na Feirste, Co. Donegal, the song is about arts and crafts written from the perspective of a cowboy fetishist’s wife. Sealing the deal is ó Scolaí’s homespun video for the release, which is out today.
Backed by the Virginia Slims, Belfast-based Donegal musician Oisin o’ Scolai has been on our radar since last July. Signed to Black Tragick Records – a label founded by none other than Kilrea’s finest Robyn G Shiels – he creates folk-pop brimming with pathos, heart and nuance. Exhibit A is new single ‘Vacation’. Taking from o’ Scolai’s forthcoming debut album, Vacant Sea, it’s a heart-stung, lo-fi effort tussling with social cul-de-sacs and growing fernweh. Officially out on April 5, ó Scolaí launches Vacant Sea alongside An Auld Lad, Hatchetfield, Franklyn and more at a Black Tragick night at Belfast’s Voodoo on April 4. Pre-order it…