Northern Irish songwriter Conchúr White has revealed that he’ll be releasing his second EP, Dreamers, this summer, and has today given us the first glimpse of it with “Vocation Vacation”. Informing us about the inspiration of the song, he says:

“Vocation Vacation is many thoughts and feelings thrown together. It’s part commentary of influencer culture and the disingenuous image we present (I’m guilty as anyone). It’s also about getting older and feeling insecure about who you are and what you have to offer. There’s a degree of nihilism in the title – ‘Vocation Vacation’ – like life can be summed up into two things – being in work and not being in work. I just hope people can laugh and relate to some of the observations.”

“Vocation Vacation” coasts on a shuffling beat and whispering rhythm guitar, creating a slightly shadowy and lightly psychedelic indie sound. It gives the distinct impression of being inside White’s rambling thought process as he sidles down a street, cynical observations of modern culture cropping up at every turn. Even with cutting lines like the opening “the world’s at its knees but I’ve got a plan / I’m gonna post Orwell over Instagram,” White manages to avoid sounding superior, as the natural charm of his warm instrumentation and voice carrying it off with a slickness. Throughout “Vocation Vacation” there are plenty of atmospheric little production tics, which make us feel even more immersed in the soundscape, adding to the vivid interiority of White’s songwriting.

Find “Vocatoin Vacation” on streaming platforms or watch the lyric video by Tom Denney below.

Conchúr White’s new EP, Dreamers, arrives this summer. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

He’s also got these dates with John Grant and Margaret Glaspy planned:

30 June, CORK Live At St Lukes (with John Grant)
01 July CORK Live At St Lukes (with John Grant)
03 July KIKLKENNY St Canice Cathedral (with John Grant)
04 July LETTERKENNY An Grianan Theatre (with John Grant)
30 July,  TOPCLIFFE (YORKSHIRE) Deershed Festival
31 July, HEVER (KENT), Neverworld Festival
07 Sept,  BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds (with Margaret Glaspy)
08 Sept,  MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute (with Margaret Glaspy)
09 Sept, DUBLIN, Whelans (with Margaret Glaspy)
11 Sept, GLASGOW, Mono (with Margaret Glaspy)
12 Sept, LEEDS, Belgrave Music Hall (with Margaret Glaspy)
14 Sept, BRISTOL, Thekla (with Margaret Glaspy)
15 Sept, LONDON, Lafayette (with Margaret Glaspy)
16 Sept, BRIGHTON, Hope & Ruin (with Margaret Glaspy)