Chatterbox: PATHS

There’s isn’t much information out there about PATHS, her face purposely blurred to retain the mystery that surrounds the artist. All we have to go on is the gorgeous debut single ‘Neoprene’ and the background provided by the artist herself here, for us. Have a listen and let her words guide you through the track.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a solo indie-electronic alt-pop artist from Northern Ireland. I’ve written music and played in bands all my life. Two years ago I decided to embark on a solo career and started writing. The result is PATHS, a fusion of looped guitars, punchy synths, sampled vocals and homemade sounds.

Where did the new single come from?

Neoprene is my first release, it came about from a song I created with 3 clean guitar tracks layered on top of each other. You can hear that original guitar through the verses. Although the intro sounds like a piano, it’s actually created using the verse split into short sample snippets and played using a keyboard which gives it that piano effect!

Lyrically the song is a reflection of a relationship where one person is considering ‘making their excuses’ and leaving. The chorus is that anguished hope that maybe ‘one of these days we’ll meet in the middle’ ie maybe one day they’ll be on the same page.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Yes. I’ve recorded an album’s worth of material and session style videos in an old Victorian swimming pool which will be released over the coming months. The next release is in February and is very synth heavy with an old skool dance feel. There’s also a couple of tracks co-written with my producer, Thrash Hat, including an instrumental which is going to be fun on stage.

What’s on the horizon for you?

I’m really looking forward to getting out and performing live. Playing this style solo is very new to me and working with new technology is exciting. I’ve also developed an LED light show controlled by midi and DMX hooked up to Ableton which is really effective. Everything is synchronized to parts of the song, the colours reflecting the mood and the movement changing with the instruments that I want to draw focus to, like the drums, or maybe a lead guitar loop, or bassline. So gigging is definitely next on the horizon

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