Small Talk

by Soda Blonde

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    releases June 9, 2021

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    The long awaited debut album from Dublin's Soda Blonde, on limited edition yellow vinyl.

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    The long awaited debut album from Dublin's Soda Blonde, on limited edition digifile CD.

    Includes digital pre-order of Small Talk. You get 5 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases June 9, 2021
    item ships out on or around July 9, 2021
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1.
Tiny Darkness
2.
The Dark Trapese
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4.
I HAD A DREAM THAT I WAS YOUR LOVER AND IN THE DREAM, I LOOKED LIKE ANOTHER BUT IT WAS A DREAM AND I WOKE UP LIKE A FOOL I LOOK THE SAME AND I AM ALONE BEAUTY WAS THE FRIEND THAT I NEVER EVER HAD SO OUT OF REVENGE, I BEGGED AGE TO BE MINE BUT THEN CAME A FRIEND WHO SAID ‘TRUST ME MORE THAN THE MIRROR’ AND THAT WAS YOU AND WHERE DID YOU GO? AH BABY I AM SWIMMING THROUGH THE NIGHT I GOTTA EXPLAIN IT TO YOU OR I’LL NEVER BE ALRIGHT OOH OOH, OOH-OOH, WHATEVER OOH OOH, OOH-OOH, WHATEVER YOU HAD A DREAM WHEN I WAS YOUR LOVER AND IN THE DREAM, YOU CRIED FOR YOUR FATHER BUT IT WAS A DREAM AND HIS BODY IS NO LONGER HOW I WISH THAT YOU HAD CRIED FOR ME LIKE THAT AH BABY I AM SWIMMING THROUGH THE NIGHT I GOTTA EXPLAIN IT TO YOU OR I’LL NEVER BE ALRIGHT OOH OOH, OOH-OOH, WHATEVER OOH, OOH, WHATEVER SOMEONE SAID IT SO MUCH BETTER SOMEONE SAID IT SO MUCH BETTER
5.
YOU STAY OUT ALL NIGHT I KNOW CASH IS KING WHY MY SURPRISE I JUST DON’T KNOW YOU NEVER EVER GET ME HOME YOU CALL HER MY NAME CHRISTENING MY JEALOUSY FUMBLE THE EDGES OF THIS SKIN I GUESS I THOUGHT IT WAS OUR THING YOU KNOW AND YOUR HEARTS IN MINE BUT YOU TELL ME ALL THE TIME I’M IN TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE HANDS OH I’M IN TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE HANDS YOU TELL ME SOME HEAVY SHIT YOUR EYES ROLL BACK INTO YOUR HEAD A BIT I THINK YOU KNOW TO SOME DEGREE I’D TAKE THE BAD PARTS OF YOU OVER THE GOOD OF ME UH OH THEY SAY I’M A JOKE AND IT’S SAD BECAUSE I KNOW I’M IN TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE HANDS OH I’M IN TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE HANDS
6.
Try
7.
Holy Roses
8.
I Still Have Feelings For You
9.
Small Talk 04:38
NEVER BEEN SO BOUND TO ANYBODY LIKE YOU YOUR SILHOUETTE IS ALL AROUND BUT NOW THAT YOU DON’T WANT ME YOU’RE MAKING IT EASY YOU INSINUATE I’M A LOSER DOWN THAT AVENUE THROUGH THE LANE THAT WE GO THROUGH AND I CAN TELL BY THE WAY THAT YOU LEAN THAT YOU’RE FINE ON YOUR OWN NOW GIVING IT UP I AM GIVING GIVING UP I AM GIVING UP SMALL TALK GIVING IT UP I AM GIVING GIVING UP I AM GIVING UP SMALL TALK SMALL TALK EVERYTHING IS PRACTICE TALKING IS TACTICS HELLO HOW ARE YOU DOIN’ BABY? FOREVER IN THE MOMENT BUT NOBODY’S NOTICED THE SILHOUETTE THAT’S ALL AROUND IS THIS ALL OF IT? DO I SUPPRESS EVERYTHING? AM I JUST TOO LATE TO ADMIT THAT I’M IGNORING MYSELF? GIVING IT UP I AM GIVING GIVING UP I AM GIVING UP SMALL TALK GIVING IT UP I AM GIVING GIVING UP I AM GIVING UP SMALL TALK GIVING IT UP I AM GIVING GIVING UP I AM GIVING UP SMALL TALK SMALL TALK GIVING YOU UP I AM GIVING GIVING UP I AM GIVING YOU UP GIVING YOU UP I AM GIVING GIVING UP I AM GIVING YOU UP
10.
Champion Of My Time
11.
SOMEDAY I KNOW I WILL BE LEAVING VIRTUAL CONNECTION IS NOT APPEALING WILL YOU BE MY ORPHAN LOVE AND WHEN IT GETS TOO TOUGH I’LL GIVE YOU AWAY BE THE BULLET IN MY SIDE TO REMIND ME THAT LOVE IS PAIN LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME WORLD LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME WORLD LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU AFRAID OF EVERYBODY’S SUCCESS I CONFESS EVERYONE’S DANGEROUS TO MY IDEAS OF MYSELF I WAS LOOKIN’ FOR A FEELING, VALIDATE ME, SHAPE ME, HЕAL ME WITH LOVE BUT FROM MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ЕVEN YOU MY DARLING’S NOT ENOUGH LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME WORLD LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME WORLD LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA? LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME WORLD LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU LOVE ME WORLD I NEED YOU TO LOVE ME WORLD LOVE ME WORLD I WANT YOU
12.
Choices

about

*ACTUAL ALBUM RELEASE DATE IS JULY 9TH, 2021*

The debut album from Soda Blonde may be called Small Talk, but if there’s one thing the Dubliners do not do, it’s mince words. Out July 9th via Velveteen Records, the entirely self-produced album sees the group reflecting on their twenty-something experiences with refreshingly honest transparency.

“To put it simply, Small Talk is about life in our 20’s,” says Faye O’Rourke, Soda Blonde’s enigmatic front woman. “Every part of us is in here, both subliminally and literally. Lyrically, this record is like a collection of my flaws and insecurities. They’re lingering awkwardly by the bar at a crowded social gathering, waiting to integrate with the wider world”.

The album’s titular lead single is Soda Blonde’s way of taking a seat at the table of their own narrative, and its glittering alt-pop hooks present the foursome as a compelling collective voice in music.

All four band members (O’Rourke, guitarist Adam O’Regan, drummer Dylan Lynch and bassist Donagh Seaver-O’Leary) are seasoned musicians, despite their youth. They have been playing together since their early teens, with their previous band – the internationally renowned Little Green Cars, whose seminal debut album skyrocketed to number one on the Irish album charts. O’Rourke is the first to admit that when Little Green Cars called it a day, she felt lost. But a career shift for the four musicians wasn’t in the cards – and Small Talk is self-evident proof, different than anything the group have released before, but carrying on its back all the things they’ve learned.

Wholly unafraid to admit her flaws and defiant in the face of the world’s misconceptions, O’Rourke litters the songs on Small Talk with tension, playing with the reliability of personal experience. While examining the intricacies of big subjects – religion versus science; good versus bad; fate versus choice – Small Talk also seeks to unpack O’Rourke’s own conditioning. Self-assuredness grapples with societal pressures, anger battles it out with contentment, and frustration with a divide – between personal relationships and the world at large – is ever-present.

“With feminism on one shoulder and trans-generational Catholic guilt on the other, it’s hard to find your way as an Irish woman,” O’Rourke says. “The truth is, I’ve found that process of deprogramming myself extremely hard, and now I lie somewhere between the past and future.

“Small Talk touches on many things: indulging in the darkness, while also trying to derive some meaning from it; on having no degree; on the way I sabotaged multiple relationships, or let my parents down. It’s about looking for resolution and revolution in sex and politics. It’s about being abused mentally and physically by the people you love the most, and in turn, abusing the people who love you. It’s about my first heartbreak at 14, how it’s still intrinsically a part of me and the shame and embarrassment that it brings. It’s about having something you thought was a sure thing, like your career, ripped out from underneath you. It’s also about the idea of optical virtue over the reality of how we treat those around us”.

Through all of this, the band never claim to be role models. Undeniably a coming-of-age record, Small Talk is a dazzling portrait of someone who isn’t afraid to hold the messy parts of herself up for questioning. Between tightly stacked percussion and effervescent, radio-ready melodies sit plain-spoken truths and the hard-learned lessons of a group still at the start of what is sure to be a long journey.

credits

releases June 9, 2021

PRODUCED BY SODA BLONDE

ENGINEERED BY ADAM O’REGAN

RECORDED AT WHITE COTTAGE, KILLINEY BEACH

MIXED BY ADAM O’REGAN

MASTERED BY AIDAN MCGOVERN AT ACADEMY OF SOUND

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION ON ‘HOLY ROSES’ BY J SMITH

SODA BLONDE ARE:
FAYE O’ROURKE - VOCALS, GUITAR
ADAM O’REGAN - GUITAR, BASS, PIANO, SYNTHESISER, VOCALS DONAGH SEAVER O’LEARY - BASS, VOCALS
DYLAN LYNCH - DRUMS, PERCUSSION, VOCALS

STRING ARRANGEMENTS ON ‘TINY DARKNESS’ AND ‘CHOICES’ BY ADAM O’REGAN AND ARAN O’GRADY

STRINGS RECORDED BY BEN RAWLINS AT DIT CONSERVATORY

LUCIA MAC PARTLILN - VIOLIN ANDREW SHEERAN - VIOLIN

PHILIP KEEGAN - VIOLA

GABRIELĖ DIKČIŪTĖ - CELLO EDWARD TAPCEANU - DOUBLE BASS

COVER ART PHOTOGRAPHED BY PATRICIO CASSINONI CONCEPT & ART DIRECTION BY SODA BLONDE

MANAGEMENT - RICHARD JONES & RYAN TERPSTRA AT KEY MUSIC MANAGEMENT

ALL SONGS BY FAYE O’ROURKE

MUSIC ARRANGED AND PERFORMED BY SODA BLONDE

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS ON ‘TINY DARKNESS’ AND ‘THE DARK TRAPEZE’ BY DAN SMITH AND STEVIE APPLEBY

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Soda Blonde are an alt-pop band from Dublin, Ireland.

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