Curtis Walsh looks to post-lockdown fun with next single ‘Picture Perfect’ and Irish shows in November!
Following on from an array of bright and euphoric singles in 2020 including ‘Until I Fall’,‘Midnight’, and ‘Almost The Same’, and a beautifully evocative ballad ‘Bend’ released in February with UK artist Anna Pancaldi on duet duties, fast-rising singer and songwriter Curtis Walsh has now returned to deliver his next offering of 2021, the post-lockdown summery ‘Picture Perfect’, out on July 16th through Paragon Records.
Curtis also takes the opportunity to announce three headline shows in Dublin (Nov 20), Cork (Nov 13) and Limerick (Nov 12) later this year.
Speaking about the new song, Curtis said, “I remember the first summer in lockdown when everyone was unsure about how long it would be until we were able to leave and travel again. I had plans with my mates to go away on a holiday but it all came to a halt along with the rest of the world. Then I was just sitting in my bed room one day and the sun was beaming through my window while I just had to stay put. It was extremely frustrating, a frustration that I’m sure most of world felt at one point during this time. So I sat down and made a track about how all this lockdown has made me want to do is go out on holiday and just enjoy my life for as long as I can , and mainly with the people I care about around me ! I wrote this song with an enthusiastic approach while trying to give it a summery vibe .
After finishing school, Curtis was more than ready to hurl himself into the music industry with everything he had, releasing his debut single ‘Full Recovery’ just one month later. The track itself reflected the world in which he had grown up in. Written when he was fifteen about one of his close friends, it became an emotionally wrought offering that earned him more than one million streams on Spotify and praise from the likes of Clash Magazine.
From there, he released his debut EP ‘Breathe’ in May 2019, which has garnered more than 15 million streams to date and showcased him as a far more matured artist as well. Rather than just writing simply structured songs, acts like Bon Iver and Jon Hopkins opened his mind to the possibilities of where he could take his music and become something bigger and more adventurous than most.
Throughout the COVID pandemic, Curtis decided to take the opportunity with both hands to figure out the kind of artist he wanted to be. With little to no influence or inspiration from the outside world, and no live shows to trigger his creative juices, he began to focus more on his own style and sound. Swapping personal stories for more existential questions about life and its meanings, he felt that the lockdown had served as a positive time for self-reflection and a chance for him to explore new ideas and avenues within his direction.
And while the lockdowns have shifted his focus on the artist he wants to be, his drive and ambition remains relentlessly unchanged. Curtis Walsh is looking to become even more adventurous and prolific in the coming years, with a more reassured feel as to who he is and wants to be seen as.