By Alissa Arunarsirakul // December 9, 2020
Patricia Lalor has been taking full advantage of the extra time she’s gained this year, which has resulted in her third EP release just this year. The 15-year-old Wexford artist channels the spiritual side of herself for this lo-fi alternative pop record, which is composed of four delightfully melancholic tracks. Without further ado, we invite you to wholeheartedly experience your emotions with Lalor by way of her introspective new EP, This Is How We Connect, While You Stand So Tall.
On This Is How We Connect, While You Stand So Tall, Patricia Lalor shared,
“This EP sticks with the indie pop genre with two of the songs, but then goes somewhere completely different sound wise compared to my other EPs. I loved finding that new sound that was different from anything that I’ve ever written before.”
To celebrate the release of her new music, we recently chatted with Patricia Lalor about running into people in public, synths, and of course, This Is How We Connect, While You Stand So Tall.
HH: Considering how mature your lyricism and soundscapes are… how are you only 15?!
PL: Hahahah, I just do what feels right. I love doing it so I spend a good amount of time doing it and I guess improving as well.
HH: You started off posting covers on YouTube, so we’d like to ask you — who would you absolutely lose your mind over if they covered one of your songs?
PL: Elena Tonra. I’m especially loving her live stuff right now, so yeah, I would definitely lose my mind if I saw a live version of one of my sad songs maybe.
HH: Down-tempo synths and dreamy melodies seem to be pivotal in This Is How We Connect, While You Stand So Tall. What about these simpler elements stand out to you?
PL: I really loved adding some new synths sounds to this EP. This was my first EP using mostly Logic, so there were a lot more synths I could choose from compared to Garage Band. I particularly loved the synth at the very end section of “Felt Something Finally.” It just fit so well the second I played it and luckily it still fits in really nicely.
HH: What was it like to create this EP during a global pandemic?
PL: Surprisingly, it wasn’t too weird. I just had more time on my hands to work on songs. It never felt weird or I never thought to myself, “I’m writing a EP in the middle of a pandemic.” I just kind of went with the flow of the way the world was going! So yeah, not much different — just more time on my hands.
HH: How would you say This Is How We Connect, While You Stand So Tall compares to your 2019 debut EP, Actually?
PL: I feel like it’s definitely going in a different direction, as in more alternative and sad maybe, definitely not bedroom pop anymore, which I’m surprised about since the first EP was only that. There’s still some songs off this EP that have the similar bedroom pop feel, but with the stuff I’m writing now outside of this EP, it’s definitely more alternative.
HH: Which song on This Is How We Connect, While You Stand So Tall resonates with you the most?
PL: Probably “Same Place Again.” Especially lately, since the song talks about hating seeing people you know in public, which keeps happening to me a lot. And also the element of wanting to get out of your town to get away from your bubble, which I obviously cannot do right now because of lockdown.
HH: If you could turn back time and write any hit song, which would it be?
PL: I wish I could write all the good songs I love, songs like “Hearing Damage” by Thom Yorke, the whole Alex G album called Trick, “Where The Time Went” by Ex:Re, and there’s too many I could name.
HH: What are your hidden hits?
PL: “Nobody Else To Call” by Jas Ratchford, “Fuzz Captain” by Micra, “Cherry Pit Punch” by Geia, and “Fractured” by Angel T33th — SUPER UNDERRATED.