Following on from the release of her highly-praised debut EP 'Magic Powers' earlier this year, Irish singer-songwriter Sarah Buckley is back at it once again as she drops her wondrous sophomore EP 'Wind Chimes'.
Featuring the previously unveiled efforts 'Always Trouble' and 'Puppet Show', this new three-track collection makes for a wonderfully warm and embracing listen. With her soft and airy vocals layered across a progressive production from start to finish, she continues her ascent as one of the more captivating names on the rise right now.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and what has been inspiring her most lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The voice. I mostly get some chords on the acoustic guitar to support it.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I was influenced, like a lot of people are, by what my parents were listening to so the first album I owned was one they introduced me to, a Patsy Cline compilation. I loved her voice.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Again, I listened to what my parents did so it was artists like Gilbert O Sullivan & Blondie.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Maybe “Masterpiece” by Big Thief, I just think it’s a great piece of work.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Not really, it can come in a quick burst or can take a while to think about, each song is different.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
At the moment I’m looking forward to Bess Atwell’s upcoming album. I’m enjoying Big Thief’s latest release too and have been listening to some Tyler Childers.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Leonard Cohen (if it's allowed to be someone that isn't alive), or else maybe Alex Turner even though it would make no sense as I am a folk singer and he is in a rock band!
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
When you realise you have just finished a song that you will bring forward with you it's a great feeling. There’s lots of transient moments as you move around from gig to show to social media platform to video, but the song is the thing that you get to keep and bring with you through all that.
And what is the most frustrating part?
At the moment there is obviously a lot of pressure on artists to produce content and reels and numbers and images and it leaves less time for songwriting.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Maybe protect your ears! I lost my ear plugs recently and really notice the difference attending a lot of gigs.
Sarah Buckley's new EP 'Wind Chimes' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.