by / January 12th, 2012 /

2012: Top Story: Faces of 2012: Tara Masterson Hally

A gleaming new talent from Dublin, Tara Masterson Hally is a fresh voice in timeless folk. Her airy vocals and cooing harmonies are wrapped by the woozy acoustics of harp and guitar creating a resonating ambience. For a girl so young – she still boasts a teen in her age – Hally conveys a weighty sadness. Singing out with “And you’re slipping your way from the crack that I made / and we watch it flicker and we watch it faint / but you were never mine and I was never yours / so we’ll close our eyes and let the silence run its course” on her latest song, ‘In The Silence’, the lushness of her music is cut by bitter truths.

Describe yourself and your music.

Everything’s written and recorded in my bedroom. When it comes to my music, I tend to become a bit of a hermit, until a song’s finished and up on Soundcloud.

Who or what inspires you?

When I started out, I really only ever listened to folk, Sufjan Stevens, Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit, Fionn Regan and stuff, I guess they all influenced me when I was starting out. A lot of the bands I listen to now though don’t necessarily influence my songwriting, but influence the way I produce my songs. At the moment, that would be bands like Warpaint, Lykke Li, Beach House, basically any band that satisfies my unhealthy addiction to reverb.