Kildare native Lisa Gorry is no stranger to Irish music scene, where her combination of relatable lyrics and tender vocal tones have been honed to craft an intimate performance style. Last year she performed to the packed audience at Ruby sessions, her lyrics echo the sentiment of young Joni Mitchell with the vocal prowess of Dusty Springfield and emotive power of Janis Joplin. She released her first single, "Parts", in August 2019 to sellout launch party in the Vintage Room of The Workmans Club in Dublin and has been releasing consistently since then. Her debut EP "Is It Me?" came out in October 2020.
She now returns with a new EP called It Was You (And Me). The 4-track pop-rock EP brings resolution to Gorry's debut EP and it's also the first release with the new manager, Lia Lieghio of One Productions. Where "Is It Me" asked questions, "It Was You(And Me)" delivers answers. This is aided by the musicians who helped bring these tracks to life, as arranged by Theodora Byrne: Maria Ryan on strings, Laura McCabe on cello, Shay Sweeney on drums and Jack Hussey on bass, as well as Kevin Brennan of Wavefarm Productions.
Simple arrangement of Anchor, enhanced by the strings, gives Gorry's vocal with the distinctive accent a space to tell the story of the importance of having someone in your life that calms you down when you need it the most, somebody to turn to in the darkest hour.
He's Gone to Build Boats is an intimate nostalgic track expressing love and feelings of loneliness when the significant other is away.
The title track has the optimistic feel of the relief of being free from a relationship you once enjoyed but anymore.There's no regret, there's just acceptance and satisfaction. And time to focus on "me" again.
Home is another gentle track, this time talking about what it's like to have the right person by your side. Then you feel home. It's not about where you are but who you're with.
"i don't need to escape myself, you see me as me
There is no tension here, no need for self defence"