Ireland’s Mick Flannery will be releasing his self-titled, sixth full-length album in the UK tomorrow, on August 30th 2019.
Ahead of the album’s UK release, Mick is today sharing a new video for his single ‘Star To Star’ – take a watch below…
Talking about the new single and video, Mick says: “This is the song that put my last album in motion so I’m very glad it’s getting it’s own movie here. I like how the video takes a different angle on the album’s concept. The song references high’s of fame and success and not wanting to let go, the video mirrors these themes in another aspect of life. Thank you to all involved.” Video director Emily Dynes adds: “Creating the visuals to the match the epic emotions and beauty of Mick Flannery’s gorgeous track ‘Star To Star’ was a daunting but incredibly rewarding task. Operating with a tiny but passionate crew of four, it was a joy to undertake a real-life road trip through rural Australia to bring this music video to life, and to direct the supremely talented Makuei King Aken & Catherine Morvell.”
A cliché has it that you have to beware of the quiet ones, because most of the time their voices speak sharper and with more range than the loudmouths. Every cliché, however, has a grain of truth in it, and so it’s fair to say that while County Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery is outwardly reserved, his songs are fluent in expressing layered aspects of the human condition; its flaws, triumphs, and general uncertainty. Recorded partly in Ireland with Christian Best and partly in Los Angeles with Tony Buchen, the new album features Flannery’s trademark hushed musings, big walls of sound, and sharp, insightful and thought-provoking lyrics.
On the album, Mick touches on loose themes of ambition and the search for a meaningful life in the context of a musician’s sometimes feckless and dysfunctional lifestyle. The central character, he reveals, is someone like him, “although this person achieves more notoriety than I have. He is properly famous, and he has to deal with that.” The loose theme is just that, however. “I’m not going to hammer it home. Facets of the theme are on the album, but the storyline itself isn’t an overarching one – each song can stand on its own, and not need to be part of a narrative.”
Now in his mid-30s, and somewhat reflective of the musician he sings about on his self-titled album, Mick is fully aware of the internal struggles that come with trying to balance ambitions with whatever life throws their way. Songs on the album reference reputation and ego (‘Wasteland’), emotional search and rescue (‘Come Find Me’), socio-cultural intransigence (‘I’ve Been Right’), flawed or unreliable love (‘How I Miss You’, Way Things Go’), moral collapse (‘Light A Fire’) and loss of status (‘Star to Star’).
Mick began to write songs as a teenager in his home of Blarney, County Cork. As musical influences from albums by the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits seeped into his creative DNA, Mick absorbed, learned and honed the craft that would send him on his way into the world. The path was smoothed somewhat when, at the age of 19, he became the first Irish songwriter to win the Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition. By the time he turned 21, he had signed to a label and released his debut album, Evening Train, which has now, over a decade since its release, been reimagined as a stage musical, premiering to considerable acclaim back in July.
In support of the album Mick will also play a show at London’s Union Chapel on November 15th – more details and tour dates can be found via: www.mickflannery.com