Tastemakers: What's LDN's Maria Galea listening to this week?

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Maria Galea, editor, LDN Magazine, on Orla Gartland's Between My Teeth.

Around six years ago I came across Orla Gartland, an Irish singer and songwriter, on YouTube. Back then, she wrote and recorded her songs in her bedroom. Now, Orla has refined her sound and can be found recording as well as writing for herself and others.

Last year, Orla wrote a song for the current kings of K-Pop, BTS. Their collaboration, 134340, made the cut on their Love Yourself: Tear, which hit the Top 10 last year.

Orla’s sound is pure magical pop, with recent track Between My Teeth verging on alt-pop. It’s got slick production, vocals that cut through and dynamic lyrics.

Still unsigned, Orla has a large following online, and some of her May headline shows have already sold out.

There’s something special about following an artist right from the beginning of their career; seeing someone go from strength to strength, becoming themselves and evolving their sound.

Best of all, you get to see them headline bigger venues. Orla’s latest singles come after three years of no releases, in which time she seems to have perfected her craft. This year looks exciting for pop, and for Orla, too.

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