Say Goodbye is a happy kind of break up song

Wednesday 19th February 2020 | Grace

Despite the uplifting and playful guitar that carries the song, Say Goodbye is a self-proclaimed break-up song. But even though the lyrics talk of pain and heartache, this is a song that decides not to mourn over the thought of what once was and instead focuses on self-love and thinking of the future. The song is the first track to be taken from Craig Irving’s debut EP When I First Met You, which will be out in April.

Irving’s music is strongly influenced by classic American rock along with the contemporary sound of more indie-pop styles of bands like LANY and The 1975. It is easy to hear the impact of more pop-like bands in his music, however, having grown up in the highlands of Scotland, Irving’s beautiful Scottish accent glides though his music in a silky indie-folk way. Because of this, it feels easy to compare the singer to a more upbeat version of artists such as Malcom Middleton with hints of The Strokes mixed in.


However, having spent years playing guitar and singing vocals with some of Scotland’s top folk acts, it’s clear that Irving definitely has his own style and tone. Amongst many other victories, the young singer won BBC Radio 2 Folk Award back in 2015 and has since then, has been on multiple worldwide tours with six-piece Gaelic band Mànran.

After developing his skills in the folk scene, Irving released his own solo material last year that reflected more of a rock-pop sound than he was known for. With passionate lyrics and blossoming melodies, the singer described his new tune as “the kind of music I’ve wanted to create for a long time.”


Say Goodbye came out last week and is “a culmination of my influences and experiences, in music and life so far,” says Irving. Find more about the singer-songwriter, and the track, on his Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.