Last week Belfast singer-songwriter Owen Denvir released ‘Siren Song‘, the first of five videos from his upcoming live EP ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’. With a new video released every Friday this month, we’re delighted to bring you the second instalment, ‘Staring At The Sun‘.
For the new video, a reworking of a track that appeared on his 2015 ‘Daydreamer’ EP, Denvir has teamed up with the talented Hannah McPhillimy. The two have collaborated a number of times in the past, and combine beautifully on the stripped back folk of ‘Staring At The Sun’. The song’s emotional depths are realised as the two’s voices come together throughout.
The video sees Denvir at his multi-instrumentalist best, with McPhillimy accompanying on piano and vocals. It’s a style which has brought him plenty of attention this past year, racking up the streams and views while receiving plenty of coverage from Cool FM, BBC Radio Ulster and from as far afield as the USA.
“This was the first video I made for what was to become the Motion Picture Soundtrack EP. At the time, I was having a lot of fun making cover videos in this same style. It was a refreshing change to record everything in 1 take, with simple instrumentation, rather than hiding behind lots of studio production. I’d originally recorded Staring At The Sun with Hannah for my Daydreamer EP. We got together to shoot a new, stripped back, live version that suited a smaller “band”. It seemed to create a different mood, as though the song was more exposed this time around. That’s what gave me the idea for the new EP – as a space for more personal songs that I’d never had the right context to release before.”