An explosion of sound in this Italian/Irish match made in heaven.
After a hiatus of several years, Irish singer-songwriter Lori Sky is back with a new collaboration with Italy-based Indie outfit Bilbosa. Their vibrant single 'Neon' is wonderfully rhythmic and mesmerizing, her vocals weaving in and out of one's heart zone, not surprising since writing these lyrics helped her work through the grief of losing her mother.
"I saw the 'Neon' music as a bright light, like the love that a close relationship brings into your life. So I ended up writing this song to celebrate my Mum, who I had just lost. The music helped me to express what I was learning about grief, that when you allow yourself to feel the pain of loss you are more able to appreciate and understand the love," says Lori Sky.
This is the first taste of Bilbosa's 'Ayla' EP, a four-track offering slated for release in mid-June via Italy's powerhouse indie label Seahorse Recordings.
Formerly known as Lorraine McCauley, the Scotland-based Donegal native offers a powerful new voice and perspective on the arts scene, making music for the soul and senses. Performing since the age of four, she formed her first band while living in Japan. After her 2010 debut solo EP 'Haunt Me', she formed Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands, debuted with the `Light in the Darkest Corners’ LP in 2012, tipped as the next Scottish contemporary folk breakthrough. After pursuing her master's degree, 2014 began her artist residency with La Banda di Piazza Caricamento in Genoa, where she met and collaborated with Bilbosa's David Carroll, sowing the seeds for this new single.
The accompanying video, produced by Plurale Video and written and directed by Stefano Pulcini, was co-directed by Simone Putzu and stars Karin Maltempo and Andrea Bagossi. it explores the strange times we are living in, the desire to be with the ones we love but the need to isolate has left us living in our imaginations. Trying to make those connections with the people we love in our mind or in our hearts instead of in person. Be it though losing them or though distance we are all longing for those close relationships and appreciating them more than ever before. The video is our interpretation of that precise moment in which you realize the importance of those emotions that you used to feel with those people who are now gone.
Hailing from Genoa in northern Italy, Bilbosa are David Carroll (guitar), Stefano Pulcini (guitar and synth), Daniele Ferrari (bass and synth) and Gabriele Gennaro (drums). Formed in 2016 from the ashes of their former band Chaos Del Signor Gaza, the remaining four musicians spent much energy collaborating, jamming and trying to understand what musical route to take. Finally, they desperated decided to lock themselves in a recording studio in 2018, resulting in the recording of their first official album, 'Diamond Dust', which they released in December 2020.
"Covid forced us to become more creative in how we collaborate with others. As a band, we wrote the music and then sent it to Lori Sky, an Irish singer-songwriter. Lori listened to the track and wrote lyrics to the song, which are very personal to her and yet, there are very universal themes here about love, loss and grief," says David Carroll.
'Neon' is available across online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. The full 'Ayla' EP will be released on June 18.
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