Niall Galvin, better known as Only Real, first cropped up on our radar towards the end of 2013, when he dropped Days in the City, a four-track lo-fi EP that had us yearning for summer days mid-Autumn.
Following his debut EP, the West Londoner signed to Virgin and, before taking to the stage at Field Day 2014, unleashed his first major single, “Cadillac Girl”, a psychedelic, nostalgia-inducing track which, for us, marked Niall out as one to watch.
While his heavily accented spoken-word verses have resulted in him being likened to Brit pop artists like Jamie T, The Streets and King Krule, Only Real’s hazy summery sound, surreal visual aesthetic, and all round approachability, make him stand out from the crowd. His wacky videos, most of which are simply Niall goofing around with friends, reflect his laid back charm.
While his debut EP was crafted on a battered laptop in his West London bedroom, for his debut album, Jerk at the End of the Line, out today, Niall headed to America to work with Ben Allen in Atlanta, as well as Dan Carey here in London – two top producers who the twenty-something-year-old artist knew he could trust to develop his sound, without ruining it.
We headed west to Shepherd’s Bush to hang out with Niall and talk the new album. We’re also exclusively premiering a brand new remix of his recent single, “Pass the Pain”.