Conchúr White Shares Wistful Folk Gem ‘Rivers’

Spartan acoustic fare, just right for Autumn...

Irish songwriter Conchúr White has shared new single ‘Rivers’.

The artist’s new album ‘Swirling Violets’ will be released on January 19th via Bella Union, and you can catch Conchúr White live this Autumn. Set to support indie pop doyens The Magnetic Fields on their European tour, he’ll also support Aqualung on a select batch of UK shows.

New song ‘Rivers’ feels right for these Autumnal days – spartan folk-hewn songwriting, the spiralling acoustic picking patterns put you in mind of Nick Drake. Complex yet melodically open, these rivulets of sound gather in something with a quietly emphatic emotional appeal.

The version which appears on the album is actually a demo – Conchúr was so impressed by the results, he kept it intact for the final assembly.

The Irish artist explains…

‘Rivers’ was recorded in a cottage outside Pomeroy in Tyrone. I went away for a few days to demo tracks for the album, one of which was Rivers. I’d always intended to re-record it but never did as I came to like the idea of having something on the album that I’d made by myself; my recording of my vocals and acoustic guitar.

I committed to all the effects and sounds pre-recording as I didn’t want to spend a lot of time mixing demos, so everything you hear on the song was as I heard it. I added a few harmonies and manipulated my vocal to try and emulate an uilleann pipe in the bridge section, but aside from that it’s basically a live recording. I’ve always liked the music of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, and it’s without doubt the most folk-inspired and folk-sounding song on the album.

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Nathan Magee

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