CMAT announces debut album and releases new single 'No More Virgos'
4 November 2021
The Dublin based cowgirl makes very catchy personal pop songs with a twist
CMAT today announces her debut album If My Wife New I'd Be Dead,set for release via AWAL Recordings on February 25th 2022. She has also shared an instantly glorious new single, 'No More Virgos'. On the pulsing 'No More Virgos'the Dublin cowgirl again showcases her songwriting prowess and lyrical ingenuity - marrying, as she puts it, “my love of 80's Italo disco with my hatred of Virgos.”
Few artists manage to blend bountiful hooks with such humour and wit; the 12 songs that make up this idiosyncratic, captivating and rather extraordinary debut album reveal an artist brimming with confidence and verve. It has been quite a year for Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, one of the year's breakout stars, earning critical recognition as well as a legion of new fans. CMAT has also announced a run of new live dates, including a full UK tour and a US debut run.
Of 'No More Virgos', CMAT says; "I'm the kind of girl who dates the same person over and over again. Specifically, every single one of my partners have been Virgos. I wanted to write a song that pokes fun at this aspect of my personality, and try to be a voice for all of my long-suffering friends. Musically, I really wanted to try and marry my love of 80's Italo disco with my hatred of Virgos. I just can't help myself from making terrible decisions sometimes! Sorry!"
The invention of CMAT came about after Ciara strong-armed her way into a private songwriting masterclass hosted by Charli XCX, who played unreleased music to assembled hopefuls. Ciara was the only attendee to offer a critique of the demos; afterwards Charli sought her out, heard her story and advised Ciara to “blow my entire life up”. She knocked Manchester on the head and went back to Dublin. 2019 was spent on YouTube, where she set herself the challenge of writing a song a week for six months, posting new songs each Friday from the only venue she could afford to book: a yoga studio. By 2020 her DIY ethic was bearing fruit with a run of self-released singles such as 'Another Day (KFC)', 'Rodney', 'I Don’t Really Care For You' and 'I Wanna Be A Cowboy, Baby!', scoring coverage from Wonderland,Clash, Sunday Times, The Guardian,Dork, DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, The Fader and more,plusradio support from BBCRadio 1 & BBC6Music.
Live, CMAT’s biggest shows to date for next year - The Academy, Dublin on March 11, and Omeara, London on April 8 - sold out in three days. Today, she announces a 13-date Ireland and UK run (including a second London date, at Colours on April 09) and her first US solo shows. Tickets for these dates go on sale on November 05 at 10am. After recently supporting Declan McKenna on his UK run, her Covid-rescheduled debut solo headliner dates in Dublin and London will (finally!) take place in November. She'll be bringing her full band to Eurosonic and Primavera 2022.