With her upcoming EP ‘Are We There Yet?’ premiering on May 12, Manchester singer-songwriter Chloe Foy is on the precipice of something truly spectacular. Foy has hit 1 million plays on Spotify with her track ‘In The Middle Of The Night’ so it will be exciting to see what we receive from her EP. We spoke to her about her latest track ‘Flaws’, her lyrical talents and touring with Jesca Hoop.
‘Flaws’ is a truly gorgeous track. Can you tell us more about it and how the song came about?
Thank you! Lyrically it is quite abstract; I was just into the way that the words sounded together, without them really meaning anything explicit. But a lot of my lyrics are open to interpretation. Musically, I love strings and layered voices and have taken the opportunity to indulge in those textures.
How did it feel when you saw that your track ‘In the Middle Of The Night’ hit 1 million plays on Spotify?
It was quite a surprise really – it came out a while ago and then was put on a couple of playlists which meant more and more people were listening to it. It’s been great for me and has been a real boost before the release of my forthcoming EP.
The lyrics in your songs are incredibly deep. Can you describe your songwriting process?
I don’t have a fixed formula. Sometimes lyrics come first, sometimes the music comes first. But I find it’s helpful when the music comes first, as then you are able to write lyrics that are in keeping with the feel of the music that you’ve already written. I might come up with a musical idea whilst playing around on the guitar and then the words just come quite easily. As is common with most songwriters, I write from personal experiences, because that’s what feels most natural.
Your EP ‘Are We There Yet’ comes out on May 12th. What can we expect from it, and are you excited for it to finally be released?
I’m very excited for it to finally be out there. It was a challenging process in as much as we were constrained by budget and relying on favours but I had a collection of incredibly talented musicians around me to record it, which has resulted in the overall sound of the EP. Each song is quite individual from the next and I think that’s down to our many musical influences, from the pared-down solo piano and voice to quite rich string sections and a focus on vocal harmonies.
Are there any artists on the Manchester scene at the moment we should keep a look out for?
I’m very excited for a band called South Island Son who combine the storytelling of folk with more of an upbeat rock groove. They’ve got some lovely tunes up their sleeves. Also, Caoilfhionn Rose who is supporting me at the EP launch show on 13th May.
You’ve recently toured with Jesca Hoop. How was that? And are there any other artists you’d love to tour with?
It was my best live experience to date. To support such a talented artist is amazing and she attracts really receptive audiences – it was just me on my own with a guitar and they listened intently. Playing at Gorilla in Manchester was a great moment for me as it was the biggest crowd I’d played to yet. It just makes me want to do it all the time. I’d love to tour with her all over again but it would be a dream to tour with The Staves, Laura Marling, Rae Morris.
If you could play live at any venue in the world, which would it be and why?
The Royal Albert Hall in London, because I always wanted to play there as a child. Failing that, I would equally love to play the Albert Hall in Manchester. All the Albert Halls basically…
Are there any tracks you are loving right now?
I really love ‘Horizon’ by Aldous Harding. I supported her when she came to Manchester last year and she has something seriously special. She manages to keep things pretty simple musically but her songs resonate really profoundly with me.
Is there anything else we can look forward to seeing from you this year?
Once the EP is out I’ll be back in the studio in the summer and hope to release some more music as I have a lot of songs to record. I’d also like to get to more places in the UK and possibly even Europe to play.
Would you like to add anything?
Thanks for having me and I hope you enjoy the EP.
Chloe Foy’s upcoming EP ‘Are We There Yet?’ will be released on May 12