Nothing New Under the Sun
11th February 2021
“Nothing New Under the Sun”, the first single from my upcoming album “Voices”, will be released tomorrow on streaming platforms world-wide. Special thanks to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media. I am so excited for this song – and the record as a whole – to at last see the light of day. I hope that you love it every bit as much as I do.
“Nothing New Under the Sun” is a song about those moments when you feel uninspired and sleepwalking through your days. It’s about recognizing that feeling and figuring out a way to shake yourself free of it. “Give me one time, something tribal, something bloody for my survival”. The final verse offers hope of reinvention and the belief that there is something yet to become.
It’s been six years since my last single release – “Moon” from the “Outlines” album in 2015. Six years seems like an eternity, and maybe it is, but things take the time they take and sometimes you just have to follow the flow – or lack thereof as the case may be.
In those years I have gotten married and moved into an Old Farmhouse just outside my hometown of Mullingar. Since moving here I have tried my hand at growing vegetables / lime-plastering / digging holes / fixing stone walls / chopping Timber / planting fruit trees /basic wood-working / Concert Promotion / painting / music-studio building and of course continued adventures in Songwriting. All this is to say I haven’t been in complete hibernation these last years.
Having such a space of time between records makes this new one feel in a way like a debut album. There was lots of time to work on songs, time to live with them and let them grow organically until they were at a place that I was really happy with. I am very proud indeed of this bunch of songs.
At the beginning of 2019 I had songs enough to make what I believed could be a very good record. But I had no plan in place about how I would record them. One of my ambitions then and now is to make a record in my own home studio here in the farmhouse. But work was progressing slower on that front than I had hoped so I needed to find a place to record. An early idea was to try and get access to the closed-down studio where I recorded my first album “Wood”. I could bring in some mics and try to work away myself like I had done for “Outlines”, but I quickly abandoned that idea because I really wanted to work with other people on this one. To surround myself with good people. Good musicians. So that we could kind of bounce off each other in an inspiring and musical way and hopefully bring the best out of these songs.
I reached out to my friend Hally who has a studio a little over an hour away from me and asked if he would be interested in recording / producing the album with me. I knew Hally for a few years at that point and admired him both as a musician and an engineer / producer. Hally, thankfully, was excited by the idea and we set to work planning out a timeline for recording and discussing recording philosophies and approach etc. and who we might try and get to play on the album.
I will write more about the whole process in the coming weeks but for now I am just so excited for people to hear the first fruit of this labor tomorrow. The first single “Nothing New Under the Sun” was the first song we tackled on the day one of band recordings so it seems fitting to put it out ahead of the other songs as a taster of what’s to come.
I’m so thankful to the musicians involved and I feel blessed to have so many incredible artists add their musicality to this project. The first notes of the song are played by cellist Mary Barnecutt who made the wonderful string arrangement for this song. Violin & Viola were played by Aoife Ní Dhornáin.
The stupidly talented Lenny Cahill played drums, bass, piano and organ on this track and – as with the majority of the record – he is the musical glue of this song. Without his sensibility, musical intuition and creative input this would be a much different record. The icing on the cake then was to have Emmett Tinley sing harmony on the song. Emmett is one of my favourite songwriters and to have him be part of this song was such a great treat.
Well that’s it, I’m excited to take these first steps with the new album. There will be no shows for a little while yet so I will do all I can to get the music “out there” as they say. You can listen to the song on my Spotify page or stream / download on Bandcamp from tomorrow. Please do follow me on either or both platforms to keep up to date with all the new music that’s coming this year.
Thanks for reading,
thanks for listening