Scheduled Release: November 29th, 2019
Irish pop artist Lydia Ford returns with her eagerly anticipated new EP, Bad Things. Incorporating glimmering synths and alternative pop guitars, these four tracks highlight Ford’s range as a songwriter - from emotional ballad Talk to the punky title track Bad Things.
While the EP is nuanced and each track stands alone in its own right, a common theme of heartbreak and, ultimately, acceptance emerge throughout.
1. Lost My Mind
The debut release from the EP, Lydia worked with Berlin-based producer, Polar, to produce a bittersweet pop song with slick electronic production. Reminiscent of LANY or the 1975, Lost My Mind gives us insight into a one-sided relationship where Ford recalls intimate moments with melodic hooks.
Talk shows off the vulnerability of the Irish artist, with a very real sense of emotion and honesty both lyrically and melodically. The laid back percussion and keys led track is a stand out on the EP, showcasing the ability of Ford to craft poignant lyrics while maintaining catchy pop melodies.
IDWBYGF (I don't wanna be your girlfriend) is a modern-day break-up anthem with Ford leaning into the chill pop world. She delivers a polished vocal, and an infectious melody, about the trials and tribulations of finding love with a sense of irony “It's hard to pretend / I don’t want to be your girlfriend”.
4. Bad Things
On Bad Things, Ford isn't holding back. The song has a real sense of attitude with a pop-punk rhythm throughout, a subtle nod to her childhood idol Avril Lavigne. Ford sings about the struggle of letting go of a toxic relationship “Maybe it’s not meant to be / ‘cause you’re bringing out the worst in me / I’ve been feeling all the shame that brings / but I still crave you like bad things”
Lydia Ford returns to Upstairs at Whelan's in April 2020 for a much-anticipated headline show in association with MCD. Tickets on sale now from whelanslive.com and ticketmaster.ie
Lydia Ford is a 25-year-old electro-pop artist hailing from Mayo, Ireland. At the age of 9 she picked up the guitar, inspired mainly by her adoration of pop-punk star Avril Lavigne. From there, she began writing and developing her own songs. Moving to Brooklyn in 2016, Ford’s music evolved to take inspiration from her subway rides rather than the green coast of the west of Ireland. While the pop elements remain, life experiences and her formative twenties added a bittersweet approach to her lyrics.
Taking inspiration from the production of acts like Sigrid, Julia Michaels and Lauv, Lydia incorporates elements of slick electronic production and gritty guitars. Lydia writes, records, produces and releases her music independently.
PRAISE FOR "LOST MY MIND"
" Lydia Ford comes through with some woozy, glamorous electro-pop"
"...a serene pop gem from Lydia Ford filled with hooks, beats and infectious melody"
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