Listening to Patricia Lalor’s music is like closing one’s eyes on a boat, letting the waves rock you slowly, not to sleep but to bliss. Lalor’s vocals keep you adrift and provide a levitation from the gravity of the synthesisers in her music, bringing a bold dynamic to the table that rides the popular wavelengths of Billie Eilish and Girl In Red with her sweet personality injected into each word she sings.
Do It Again is a beautiful symphony; an experience brought by a talented young girl carving her name into future record labels and music studios worldwide. Like the waves, she brings you up and down with her singing as the navigator, forefronted against well-orchestrated instruments which harmonise to compliment her style – such an approach becoming more popular with the younger generation as a kind of dream pop. If anyone should embody such a genre, it is Lalor.
The EP opens with the title track ‘Do It Again’, introducing us to the album with an upbeat synthesiser kept in a low tone. Lalor enters with long, well-held notes sedating one into the dream-like state ready to fully immerse into her lyricism and the way she bends the music around her vocals like the sea on a coastline. Dropping the odd profanity seems wonderfully careless, showing us that Lalor is willing to be raw about her inspirations and their effects on her and her performances, and this honesty is what listeners appreciate because it is relatable and, above all, genuine.
‘Should I Let You Know’ begins with soft guitar strings beckoning in Lalor to almost whisper her words while she explores her experiences. There is a clear desire-to-but-fight-against revealing what she wishes to tell the receiver of these lyrics which produces an insightful assessment of secrets and feeling unable to confide. To many, this will be a lifeline of a song. Lalor’s only limitation in passing on the thoughts inside her head is her very own mind, something people will not only understand but relate to as well and form an identifiable bond between themselves and Lalor through shared experiences. The way she crafts this is exceptional and it builds up an image of authentic awareness about such issues and daily challenges, something well respected by people walking along similar life paths.
Brightly, as though LEDs are strung across it, ‘Self Aware’ introduces itself as the third song on Do It Again. These lights quickly become eyes, watching Lalor while she sings through the walking-pace beat of synthesisers and questions their glances. She investigates the way in which judgement can feel to a receiver in a much-needed fashion, even admitting “It’s all just getting to my head.” The tune is especially topical in an age of so-called cancel culture and Lalor is bending the very waves of the ocean to exercise her influence against it in ‘Self Aware’. She brings to light the idea of confidence and its effects on diminishing the care for the stare of eyes around her, paralleling perfectly with the idea of banishing toxicity in modern life through positivity and confidence rather than caution and restriction. For an individual so young, Lalor is mature when expressing herself upon the topic and pivotal when showcasing her understanding of such a culture as the one we are living in now.
Finally comes ‘Alone’, a heartfelt tune with an optimistic drum beat overshadowed by the realistic guitar and soft, sympathetic vocals. Lalor has previously commented on the tune, having pre-released it ahead of Do It Again’s publication, stating it is “a song [she] wrote about being tongue-tied around certain people and how [her] brain just goes blank and it’s suuuuperr awkward… but at least a song came out of it!” Again comes the theme of the mind being one’s own worst enemy, it being the place for uplifting dreams, hesitant secrets, self-awareness and internal walls of communication.
Even something as simplistic as being ‘tongue-tied’ becomes an issue to truly devote time and care to once Patricia Lalor writes it into a song because she captivates you so deeply, her very talent supplying you with euphoric escapes from the heat of real life and allowing you to take a closer look from the outside in. Do It Again may as well replace the wind. It flows beautifully, graces the ear drums like a low tide and provides refreshing serenades that raise you up and gently place you down as and when Lalor wishes to. Emotion trickles through the EP as a soft stream, heading towards the mouth of a wide talent pool soon to be excitingly dominated by Lalor, her brilliant personality and her promising gift of song.
Review by Caitlin Colley