Gloomy and looming in nature the singers voice takes me off guard with how sweet and tender her timbre is. Dynamically this is a chill song, when I take my break and walk through to Washington Square Park on 4th I’ll have this playing through my headphones to match the way New York City is cooling off into winter. It’s a moody Monday and “Disease” by Varley is a great fit for it, stream it below!
Varley are the Berlin-based alt pop trio centred around the mesmerising vocals of Dublin-native Claire-Ann Varley. Weaving fragile yet poised melodies and melancholic lyrics within a dense soundscape, Varley create captivating moments to get lost in.
DISEASE (released November 1st) is the last track from Varley before they begin recording a debut album, Disease follows a run of dates supporting Max Giesinger and drops during a tour with Madeline Juno. Grunge-infused Indie Pop, like a cross between Snail Mail, Pixies and Banks, Disease is about loneliness and our aversion to it. Inspired by the writing of Gail Honeyman’s “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”, singer Claire-Ann found herself sympathising with the main character and the idea of modern isolation.
In February 2018 Varley released their self-produced debut-single ‘Roamer’ which peaked at #23 in the Spotify Viral Charts, has amassed over 2 million plays on Spotify and received airplay support from German indie-radio stations such as Fritz, Flux-FM and Deutschlandfunk Nova.
Their first EP “Phantom Studies” was released, May 24th 2019, to a host of rave reviews. Many citing comparisons to Bon Iver, London Grammar, Angus & Julia Stone and Phoenix.
Put into words it sounds like this: “So stark it’s almost sneaking through a forest floor, with such lush effects it pulsates, Phantom Studies answers the question of what the lovechild of Bon Iver and London Grammar might sound like. Chilling, in a good way.” – Trash Magazine UK