Having blown up on SoundCloud and subsequently touring with American indie-pop sensation Alec Benjamin, Kildare’s April became one of the breakout stars of Irish music in 2020 with her debut EP, ‘New Conditions’, catching the attention of top radio presenters (such as Annie Mac) the world over and subsequently amassing over 7 million streams across all digital platforms to date.
April’s hushed, comfort-blanket voice soon attracted the attention of major labels and she subsequently signed with EMI. Her second EP, ‘Luna’, sees April deliver another smooth collection of perfectly weighted ethereal pop tracks that will surely catapult her popularity to new heights.
Butterflies of box-fresh love permeate the lyrics throughout ‘Luna’ as April deliberates on whether the red flags are worth the risk or if, in fact, she is the impediment to her own happiness. Whereas ‘New Conditions’ had a bedroom pop feel ‘Luna’ very much feels like it’s embraced the studio setting with April utilising bigger drums and more textured sounds without ever sacrificing the atmosphere of her previous material.
Three of the tracks are produced by Spector’s Fred Macpherson, with Kojaque drafted in to help April achieve her vision for Would You Let Me In, one of the first songs April ever penned. The results are a Biig Piig-esque meld of guitar and synths that finish the EP on a high. Watching You Disappear is the undoubted highlight, the perfect combination of the melancholic hit of April’s devastatingly emotive vocal and her ear for constructing lush, spacious soundscapes.
The fact that ‘Luna’ was completed via Zoom only goes to underscore what a promising talent April is.