Having just formed in April 2021, Dublin based alt-electronic artist wornoc (aka Conor Walsh) has carved out a niche in forward-pushing alternative-electronic sounds from these shores.
At the heart of his craft is a sensibility rooted push-and-pull of post-rock – all gossamer phrases one moment and surging release the next – inspired by the likes of God Is An Astronaut, Massive Attack and Bonobo.
Having championed the likes of Rock Sound Magazine, BBC Introducing, RTÉ and Hot Press Magazine, it’s clear there is something special and novel to his work, sounds that are far removed from what’s going on in the Irish music scene. wornoc’s music is cinematic, intense and emotional. Driven by infectious grooves, lush ambient textures, melodic guitar riffs and electronic music. wornoc’s debut album is set to be released this September.
Released on the 21st January, new single ‘The Blackhole Paradox’ introduces slightly heavier elements than wornoc’s previous releases. Inspired by the timbres of artists such as Mogwai, Jon Hopkins and Massive Attack, the piece begins with a burst of energy which slowly opens overtime, introducing a fog of electronica elements and drone-like ambient textures, bringing the track to a tranquil halt. The title of the track is named after Stephen Hawking’s Black Hole Paradox theory.
“Originally I was meant to release this track in a couple of months but given the cancellation of my debut hometown show in Whelans due to Covid, I thought it would be a good idea to just release it now rather than waiting around. As a new year’s goal of sorts, I’ve set myself a rough date in September on when to release my first album. Until then, I’ll continue to release music every couple of months to keep the ball rolling.
I am incredibly proud of this release in general as it showcases the slightly heavier side to wornoc, something I teased a bit in my first release ‘Signs’. I look forward to what this year brings, I have a couple of collaborations in the work that I know will turn out bloody great. LET’S DO THIS!!”
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