Making a spellbinding entrance into 2019, Northern Irish singer-songwriter Lilla Vargen shines on stunning new single ‘Why Wait’. Showcasing the stellar vocals and deeply personal songwriting that has seen Lilla Vargen rack up millions of streams online and support from the likes of Wonderland, Notion, The Line Of Best Fit and more, ‘Why Wait’ is the first single taken from upcoming EP ‘We Were Thunder’. A tender, gossamer-like song about leaving a toxic relationship, the video highlights the ongoing housing crisis in Ireland – a subject close to her heart. Speaking on the release, Vargen states:
“My family worked with the council helping put together packs for people who were sleeping rough,” she recalls. “You see things that are quite hard, but you also learn the most amazing things just from talking to people, and they’re so glad to have these conversations. It’s difficult to imagine how hard it must be sitting there on the streets day by day, with everyone avoiding you.”
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Growing up in Ballymena, County Antrim, Lilla Vargen has spent the past months working with the likes of Carey Willetts (Dermot Kennedy, Freya Ridings) and Darren Heelis (Sam Smith, Paloma Faith) on the ‘ We Were Thunder’ EP, set for release via Futurekind on November 29th. Songs from this project were influenced by a past relationship that Lilla realised “wasn’t healthy”, even though it was difficult to acknowledge at the time.
“I put up with a lot because when you care about somebody you can become completely oblivious,” she says. “I think that’s one of my biggest flaws but it’s also a strength because I care so deeply for my friends and for my family. That’s why the EP is called We Were Thunder… you can get completely lost in it and it feels magic, but that can go away very quickly”.
LILLA VARGEN UPCOMING SHOWS
25TH November – McHugh’s Bar, Belfast
26th November – Whelans Upstairs, Dublin
28th November- St. Pancras Old Church, London