NEW SINGLE ‘A WORLD' FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM ‘OUTSIDE' OUT IN JUNE 2018!
Following Clare’s 2014 “exquisite debut Shelter” (Colm O’Hare, Hot Press, 2014) Clare has been busy writing and recording music for her upcoming album ‘Outside’ in Brick Hill Studios, Orleans, Massachusetts, USA with producer Jon Evans.. On the 1st July, Clare digitally released the first single ‘Real Love’ from her dramatic collection of new music.
Fueled by the story of her songs, Clare adopts an imaginative approach to her singing. Reality sometimes clashes with her vision of a dream world, where love is the law and life is love. Speaking about her new music, Clare says experimenting to broaden the scope of her sound was at the heart of this musical journey, both in the recording studio where she looked to capture the energy and passion of a live performance and through the use of her voice with a collection of songs culminating in an album best described as a ‘Genre Outlaw’. Sung with powerful soulful conviction, the single ‘Real Love’ is ultimately a story of a rebound relationship. ‘You give all a woman needs, you throw your love to the wind…The only love I feel, is one I left behind’. The new album Outside, set to be released later this year, is a collection of passionate yet sensuous, intense yet playful, haunting yet joyous songs that examines the polar opposites of life with cinematic clarity and beauty.
SHELTER (2014) Debut Album by Clare O'Riordan
An effortlessly eclectic offering, fuses elements of rock, jazz, blues and folk recounted with soul..."EXQUISITE DEBUT FROM CORK CHANTEUSE"
(Colm O'Hare, Hot Press, October 2014)
WHAT'S BEING SAID
Shelter is full of beautiful songs, sung with that amazing voice of hers” (Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Late Date. RTE RADIO 1… 24/8/2014).
“I’ve never stopped playing [this album] since I got it. It's absolutely brilliant, a cracking album” (Bill Mitton, AllFM 96.9, A6 FOLK AND BLUES ROAD,
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“Beautiful smokey voice" (Cathal Murray, Weekend On One, RTE RADIO 1…..16/08/2014).
“Gorgeous dark soulful voice” ……….“superbly crafted originals” (Noel Casey, After Midnight, DUBLIN CITY FM….07/2014).
HOT PRESS MAGAZINE REVIEW (October, 2014) Clare O'Riordan’s debut album Shelter receives a 7 star rating from Colm O’ Hare. A few lines include:
"EXQUISITE DEBUT FROM CORK CHANTEUSE…….Clare O’Riordan has gone against the grain… on a debut that oozes self-assurance. Her voice and singing style are reminiscent of Joan Armatrading….Backed by a crack troupe of musicians, the tunes are a nice mix of smooth jazz, light funk and piano-based balladry – all exquisitely performed and deftly arranged. From the smoky, whispered ‘Home’ to the funky upbeat ‘Fire’….Clare truly hits the vocal heights on the sublime, sumptuous ballad ‘You’re The Man’…one of the many reasons to hear this excellent album. (Hot Press, P. 86, Vo. 38. Issue 17, Oct 01 2014). READ THE FULL REVIEW ON THE HOT PRESS WEBSITE HERE.
ABOUT THE ALBUM SHELTER: (Sample the album here).
“Love never leaves, just sometimes it hides” (Shelter, Track 6). Cork musician and singer/songwriter Clare O’Riordan released her independent debut album Shelter in the Summer of 2014. Launched on the 8th August in the Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, Clare gave an enthralling live performance. Shelter, an effortlessly eclectic offering, fuses elements of rock, jazz, blues and folk recounted with soul. This broad spectrum of styles is highly characteristic of her approach to songwriting that is “to write music that defies definition and boundaries, but appeals to the universal”, says Clare. Clare's distinctive vocal and piano sound permeate this eleven track album. She tells her stories “superbly crafted originals” with a “gorgeous dark soulful voice” (Noel Casey, Dublin City FM) reminiscent of both Annie Lennox and Joan Armatrading. In Shelter, Clare takes a mystical journey while examining the darkness on the edge of her being. “I took a look inside, I opened the place where the past lies,Let it all out to play and I watch as it fades away” (Home, Track 1). Soulful tracks such as ‘Home’ are delivered with a voice described by Cathal Murray as “beautiful” and “smokey”. ( Cathal Murray, Weekend on One, RTE RADIO 1). In her approach to songwriting Clare finds life itself and the people that she meets her greatest creative inspiration. "It all begins with a feeling, the creative process happens when I'm swept along in a moment and all that exists is the song” says Clare. Empathy plays a significant role in Clare’s songwriting demonstrated by tracks such as Angel, a hauntingly beautiful song inspired by the life and tragic death of a beautiful person.“All you see is the shadow of your wings as your waiting for your dawn, Hold on your dawn will come” (Angel, Track 9). Since the album launch date, the tracks 'Angel' and ‘Home’ has been very well received and have been aired numerous times on RTE RADIO 1 as well as independent radio stations both at home and abroad (for more see the News section). 'Home' also featured on RTE's Radio 1 recommended listening section..'Have a Listen' ..for a number of weeks...see RTE RADIO 1's archive here. Listen to the song 'Home' here. In all, each and every track on this album is considered and emotive. What really gels the album together is the beauty, power and dynamism in Clare’s voice and distinct vocal approach to each song. “[Shelter] is full of beautiful songs, sung with that amazing voice of hers” (Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Late Date. RTE RADIO 1)
THE RECORDING AND PRODUCTION OF SHELTER:
Shelter is an independent debut release by singer/songwriter Clare O'Riordan. The album was co-produced by Clare and Donnacha Moynihan and was recorded and mixed in the Rise Studio in Cork. It was mastered by L.A. based Ruairí O’Flaherty, string arrangements were written by Deirdre Moynihan