Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson (CMAT for short) lives with her grandparents in Dublin, addicted to online shopping. She also has an exceptional gift for making highly comical yet tender songs about her daily troubles. “It’s the musical equivalent of telling jokes to hide your tears”. Plan A was to conquer the world from Manchester with the band Bad Sea’s electropop. However, during a songwriting workshop, the British singer Charli XCX advised her to take a different direction. Thompson headed back to Ireland and opted for a sweet-and-sour mash-up of pop culture, humour and a good measure of country. Portraits of Dolly Parton and Katy Perry hang over her bed. CMAT hopes to become a “global celebrity pop sensation” one day.