Norwegian-Irish artist TARA NOME DOYLE announces new album ‘Værmin’ - Hear first single ‘Snail I’

Norwegian-Irish artist TARA NOME DOYLE announces new album ‘Værmin’ - Hear first single ‘Snail I’
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Following up the release of her highly-praised 2020 debut album ‘Alchemy’, Tara Nome Doyle is pleased to announce the release of her new single ‘Snail I’, taken from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘Værmin’ (pronounced Vermin). This new release marks the first time the Berlin-based Norwegian-Irish singer-songwriter will be working with BMG Rights Management’s Modern Recordings imprint, who will release her new music worldwide.

Bringing back more of that vivid and ethereal texture she has developed for herself over the years, ‘Snail I’ makes for a wonderfully warm and captivating listen. With her sweetly serene voice layered over a humbled piano-led composition, her newest release aims to conjure a beautifully rich and progressive aesthetic throughout.

Commenting on the new single, Doyle says: “‘Snail I’ is about my experience of receiving the kind of love I didn’t know I needed. A slow kind of love, not the ‘falling in love at first sight’ kind but rather the one you tentatively let yourself sink deeper into every day. Teaching each other to be patient and brave enough to open to a new, shared understanding of life.”

Listen to 'Snail I' - BELOW:

Værmin’ - produced by Simon Goff, a Grammy-award winning producer (for his work for Hildur Guðnadóttir’s ‘Chernobyl’ score), violinist and engineer - will be released on 28 January 2022. Tobias Humble (Gang Of Four, Ghostpoet), Anne Müller (Nils Frahm, Agnes Obel) and Larry Mullins (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop) also appear on the album.

Tara Nome Doyle is a 24-year old singer-songwriter with Norwegian-Irish roots. In April 2018 her first release, the song ‘Down with You’, came out. Since then it has been streamed more than four million times. More singles and an EP called ‘Dandelion’ followed. In January 2020 her debut album ‘Alchemy’ was celebrated by the German press (“… like Kate Bush singing songs by Nick Cave at Berghain”, SPIEGEL).

Doyle's middle name, Nome, is pronounced ‘Noo-meh’ in Norwegian and ‘No Me’ in English.

In spring 2021 she co-wrote a song with Isobel Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Emma) for the feature film ‘Munich - The Edge Of War’ by Christian Schwochow (The Crown, Je Suis Karl). In October 2021, this Netflix USA production, starring Jeremy Irons, premiered at the London Film Festival. In the film, which will also see a theatrical release in North America, UK, Germany and Spain and on Netflix in January, Doyle can be seen performing the song she co-wrote specifically for the scene, singing in German for the first time. In the end credits a fully orchestrated, English-language version of the song was used. In July 2021 the EP ‘The Moments We Keep’, which she co-wrote and co-produced with the Italian pianist Federico Albanese, came out on Mercury KX. In late 2020 she released recordings with Malakoff Kowalski (‘Bad Dreams’) and 1k Flowers (‘Clemency’).

On ‘Værmin’ Doyle tells a tragic love story, rich in symbolism and nuances, orchestrated with piano, violin and synthesizer and sometimes pulsating beats – and with singing that is both intense and varied, sometimes angelic, sometimes rough and threatening. ‘Værmin’ is touchingly beautiful – and yet it also celebrates the supposed ugliness that lives in all of us and that we like to suppress and ignore. All songs are named after animals that are considered undesirable pests: leeches, caterpillars, snails and worms. ‘Værmin’ celebrates their beauty and thus also asks a political question: What would happen if we “welcomed” these vermin instead of rejecting them? Wouldn't we then arrive at a much richer, balanced relationship with ourselves, to a more differentiated relationship to the world around us and to other people? ‘Værmin’ is a grand, wise, deeply moving album. And the songs get stuck in your head immediately, pulling you into their depths: existential music by an extraordinary artist.


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