TUNE Ailbhe Reddy - Time Difference
Irish artist Ailbhe Reddy releases “Time Difference”, the first single from her highly-anticipated debut album, which was produced by Erland Cooper and Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, SOAK) and is set to come out this Autumn.
Written with Ailbhe’s typical eloquence and poise, it’s at once heartbreaking and life-affirming. Backed with blissful indie-pop arrangements reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens or SOAK, it’s a single that will sew itself into your consciousness.
Written on the precipice of a break-up, “Time Difference” captures a moment of realisation as two lovers find their lives veering in opposite directions. Personal and poignant, the track was written in the middle of a run of dates with Will Varley in 2018, as Ailbhe began to embrace the out-of-hours lifestyle demanded of a touring musician. Alone in her hotel room after a show in Glasgow, the disparity between the city’s bustling nightlife with her own isolation seemed to echo the vacillating feelings of loneliness and excitement she felt at that time in her life. Pausing in a moment of reflection and realisation, “Time Difference” fell into place there and then.
“The lyrics are dealing with how it feels to make something work long distance while living on a very different schedule to my girlfriend back home.” says Ailbhe. “But it also reaches back to other times in other relationships where I couldn't make things work because of the same issues, there was always something in the way, be it physical distance or timing.”
Produced by Erland Cooper and Tommy McLaughlin in Attica Studios, Donegal, Ireland, the single is just one of many deeply intimate and absorbing tracks planned to feature on her upcoming debut album, via Ailbhe’s own label Friends of the Family. Three years in the making, her forthcoming album will find Ailbhe ruminating on the rites of passage in life as a young, emerging, queer artist from Dublin.
Since the release of her 2016 debut EP ‘Hollowed Out Sea’, Reddy has firmly secured her place as one of Ireland's top independent artists. Her music has garnered over 7 million streams on Spotify, as well as being featured by the likes of Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music and gaining heavy online press support.