Yvonne McDonnell has shared her inspiring new video for I’m Not This Layer Of Skin, encouraging women of all ages to learn that substance doesn’t solely rest on appearance. The pressure to look perfect is not uncommon but this is a misguided portrayal of perfection saturated in today’s media, which needs to be recognised.
Talking about the video, Yvonne explains it is “for every woman who has ever felt ashamed because they don’t look how the media says is right. We are sisters, mothers, daughters, friends and lovers. There is so much more to us than what we are so wrongly often defined by. We are not just our layer of skin. The video will challenge the shallow portrayal of women in the media, art and other influential outlets. It will celebrate the mind and substance behind women”.
Over the past few decades, we’ve seen an incredible rise in talented female singer songwriters making a profound impact upon contemporary folk music. Yvonne McDonnell is another to add to the burgeoning list as she makes her mark with the release of forthcoming EP Not Her Own out on 17th June 2016 via Reality Is Over.
Yvonne’s EP Not Her Own is all about empowerment; about having the ability to positively stand up to life’s daily struggles, delivered through the effervescent beauty of Yvonne’s emotive vocals. Yvonne is not only inspired by musical influences such as Nick Cave and Joanna Newsom, but also by poets such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Edgar Allen Poe, helping to inspire her to write the opening tracks I’m Not This Layer Of Skin and The Savages. Both these songs are skilfully written and performed with the same story-telling charm that has worked so well for to the likes of Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan and Kate Rusby. McDonnell’s hypnotic vocal remains centre-stage throughout the four track EP, with her unique vibrato blending in effortlessly with the warped guitars and hypnotic violin, a clear nod to her Irish roots.
Originally from East London, Yvonne started performing acoustically in 2012 at university in Portsmouth. She soon got addicted to the live circuit and was later joined by violinist Maria Kroon – who also contributes heavily on Not Her Own. Yvonne’s debut EP Endless Soul received praise from the likes of Gigslutz and Pure M Magazine and she has also performed live sessions for Sofar Sounds in London and Cambridge amongst others. The release of Not Her Own will see Yvonne take another step up the folk ladder as she introduces the listener to a fresh, darker exploration of British modern folk.
The single I’m Not This Layer Of Skin and EP Not Her Own are both out on Friday 17th June 2016 via Reality Is Over.