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CMAT

“I can just talk and talk and talk,” warns CMAT.

 “And talk and talk and talk.” Handily for a singer songwriter she can also sing and songwrite, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed since Ciara Mary- Alice Thompson’s debut single, ‘Another Day (KFC), in the spring of 2020. “CMAT excels in putting together a great pop song”, reckon NME. Her songs “shine a light on everyday life in unexpected ways” add Dork, and feel “like a heartfelt present from a friend” (Line Of Best Fit) — just a handful of examples of the praise hurled at this “global celebrity teen pop sensation from Ireland” (CMAT’s Twitter bio).

Add in millions of streams, widespread radio support and a rapidly swelling fanbase following 2021’s support slot with Declan McKenna, and the Dublin cowgirl is standing on the precipice of something rather big as she unveils a debut album – ‘If My Wife New I’d Be Dead’, out February 25 2021 – that’s as accomplished as it is unique. “Lyrically, I kind of wanted it to be like if XTC was writing for The Nolans,” she says, “and then I wanted it to sound like The Nolans were making that record with Glen Campbell, which would go on to be covered by Paris Hilton. The goal was to make songs I wished already existed, and then to make those songs all about me and my emotional problems.”