Balancing normal insecurities and a self-deprecating wit with impressive levels of self-reliance and steely determination, the London-based artist has never pretended to be anything other than a work in progress, and has always used her music as a vehicle for self-discovery.
Announcing her debut album Woman on the Internet, Gartland says:
"(It) feels like a moment I've been waiting for for years. Something clicked into place last year - I grew into my role as a producer and lyrically I knew what I wanted to say.
"Although this album was made in 2020 it isn't laced with lockdown blues - it feels more like the soundtrack of new time to me; a sunnier time, a more hopeful time.
"I'm so proud of this record and beyond excited for everyone to hear it!"
"When I was a few songs into writing the album it became clear that Woman on the Internet is about the chaos of my 20s," she expands.
"It's a diﬀerent chaos to your late teens, such a diﬀerent brand of angst.
"I feel so much more settled and sure of myself now than I was when I was 18 or 19 but I'm still just half the person I'm going to be and to capture that became really important."
Gartland explains that the album title references a nebulous, self-help-type ﬁgure:
"She's a caricature; a nameless, faceless ﬁgure telling me to eat better or buy some speciﬁc hair product; when I feel low I'm so vulnerable to questionable advice.
"The woman appears in these songs as someone I look to for guidance when it feels like no one in my real life can help, when I'm truly lost.
"A lot of this album is about learning to really own that lostness."
Born and raised in Dublin, Gartland started writing songs when she was 14 years old.
Unable to convince any of the 18+ local pubs and venues to let her perform, she honed her craft online, before heading out on tour the day she ﬁnished school.
On her return she packed her bags and moved to London, spending the next few years writing, recording, touring and gathering fans apace.
Orla Gartland plays Concorde 2, Brighton, on 17th October 2021. Orla releases her debut album, Woman on the Internet, on 20th August 2021.