Isobel Livermore Atkinson, better known by her stage name ILA, delivers the goods with her latest single ‘Game Boy’, her latest in an already highly diverse back catalogue of music.
Unsatisfied to sit with one particular genre, ILA has switched it up once again with ‘Game Boy’, offering up a powerful, lyrically-driven dose of jazzy, midnight pop that harkens back to the likes of Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, and Mariya Takeuchi.
ILA told WicklowNews “The most important thing when writing is connecting with my listeners, making them feel it was written just for them.”
‘Game Boy’ is catchy, soulful, and dramatic in all the right ways. The song eschews minimalism (popular in most music today) in favour of big choruses, big guitar licks, and driving drums that provide an engine for a song that doesn’t let up for all of its 3 minutes.
In a music industry dominated by ‘less is more’, ILA simply offers up more.
Beginning like many artists today, ILA was covering popular songs in her bedroom until she was discovered by Beardfire Studios, a music production studio from Dublin who have worked with the likes of Weekend Special, The Queen’s Horses, Patricia Lalor, Leila Jane, and many more.
ILA has been compared to pop and rock icons such as The Cranberries, Taylor Swift, Groove Armada, and Keane, but her versatility as an artist allows her to steer clear of comparison or the familiar pigeonholes that women in music often find themselves forced into. Indeed, if she has any niche at all – it’s in her ability to adapt to many different sounds.
As ILA says herself, “I’ve got a song for every season.”
Earlier singles such as ‘Layna’ and ‘Blue Skies’ share little in common other than ILA’s signature crooning and booming voice, and this is early evidence that the artist herself has a large colour pallet to paint with, and more than just a few tricks up her sleeve.
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