FRESH: ‘What Pulls You?’ – Orian

Orian asks, “What Pulls You?”


Irish born, Berlin based singer/songwriter Orian asks, powerfully, “What Pulls You?” in his new single. The atmospheric song is the third in a string of songs from the rising artist since “Ask You Twice” last year.

“What Pulls You?” is a lush guitar based tune with little other accompaniment and no hard hitting drums or bass, relying on voice and harmony for its presence.

The song is an introspective ode to loved ones and self. Orian tackles the darkness of inner battles and how much better they’re dealt with together. “What Pulls You?” is produced by long-term collaborator ANDOR and mastered by Ainsley Adams, both of whom were involved with “Ask You Twice” and its successor, “Grateful”. “What Pulls You?” is accompanied by a moving music video that drives home the importance of individual expression and collective support, directed by Nick Scholey.

Orian says of the song: “In school there was no allowance for feeling down, or any avenue to pursue to talk to anyone about it. It was very much a grin and bear it, with a smile on your face kind ofattitude, which is incredibly dangerous and wrong. I wanted to address this for the first time in my music as these experiences have left a lingering impact on me. This song is a testament to that; allowing people in and not suffering in silence”.

Joe Ryan began his odyssey as ‘Orian’ in 2019 having been a performer for more than a decade of traditional Irish folk songs but developing a more ethereal style of music together with bolder instrumentation. This manifested itself with his debut release, “Tryin'” in 2019. Having completed his second headline tour of Germany in February 2020 Orian began the latest chapter in his ‘new life’ with the first two out of five new singles planned for release over the coming months, with “What Pulls You?” the third of the quintet and first for release in 2021.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!