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Aoife O’Donovan Traces The Origins Of Malaise On New Song “Age Of Apathy”

Today, GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan shares “Age Of Apathy,” the haunting title track from her first studio album in six years, out January 21, 2022 on Yep Roc Records. As O’Donovan’s hypnotizing vocals wander across sparse but beautiful instrumentation, her lyrics recount memories of a distant New England summer when a relationship was transformed. “Hold me like you held me on the day the towers fell,” she sings, searching for a greater lesson to pull from a small gesture in the shadow of tragedy. “When we stumbled over to the Christian Science Center pool / was it the end or the beginning?”

Listen to “Age Of Apathy” here:

Produced by fellow GRAMMY-winner Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens), Age Of Apathy finds O’Donovan in rare form. With melodies distinct and beautiful, delicate yet heartwrenching, she carves out a joyful existence amid apocalyptic forecasts of the future. Last month, the New York Times called her single “Prodigal Daughter” “a musical hint at multi-generational bonds,” adding that “as drama and tension rise, [O’Donovan’s] voice grows quieter and clearer.”

Watch a touching performance of the track with guest vocalist Allison Russell, filmed backstage at Newport Folk Festival earlier this year:

Recorded through a unique residency with Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, Aoife worked both on-site at their studio with GRAMMY-nominated engineer Darren Schneider while collaborating entirely remotely with GRAMMY-winner Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens). The result: A singular work that synthesizes O’Donovan’s peerless melodic construction and literary ambition into a statement on self-determination and the need to create your own purpose.

Pre-order Age Of Apathy here:

Photo credit: Omar Cruz

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Age Of Apathy
Prodigal Daughter
Town Of Mercy
Lucky Star
What Do You Want From Yourself?
January 26 – Mitchell Theatre – Glasgow, UK
January 28 – Out To Lunch Festival at Rosemary Street Church – Belfast, UK
January 29 – Liberty Hall – Dublin, IE
January 30 – Live at St. Luke’s – Cork, IE
February 1 – St. Paul’s Church — Birmingham, UK
February 2 — Barbican, Milton Court Concert Hall – London, UK
February 3 – Hallé St. Peter’s – Manchester, UK
February 4 – Sage 2 – Gateshead, UK
February 5 – Junction 2 – Cambridge, UK
February 8 – Tivoli Vredenburg – Utrecht, NL
February 9 – Alice – Copenhagen, DK
February 11 – Haus der Musik 2 – Vienna, AT
February 12 – Orpheum – Graz, AT

Donovan Woods supporting all European shows

February 24 – Odell Williamson Auditorium – Bolivia, NC
February 25 – Kennedy Center Terrace Theater – Washington DC
March 18-25 – Cayamo
April 7 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA
April 10 – Sunset Center – Carmel, CA
April 15 – Scottsdale Center for the Arts – Scottsdale, AZ
May 13 – Bitterroot Performing Art Center – Hamilton, MT
August 26 – Beach Road Weekender – Vineyard Haven, MA

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