Stream: Kieran O’Brien – Only A Dream


Last October we wrote about Galway ambient-folk artist Kieran O’Brien‘s After The Storm EP, a heartfelt, raw and honest exploration of personal rediscovery, nature and memory. Returning now with ‘Only a Dream’ taken from his forthcoming EP, O’Brien continues to explore similar themes with an added verve and a wealth of vibrant atmosphere.

Stylistically, the track shifts slightly from the folkier leanings of After The Storm and instead takes a swing at the dream-pop pace and textures of Real EstateThe War on Drugs and fellow Galway artists like New Pope. It is a path that is well-trodden by upcoming artists and one that is all too often worn with missteps and stumbles, but in this instance there is a boldness in the sincerity and a confidence in the pursuit that lends to this being one of the strongest tracks to come out of the west of Ireland so far this year.

Eoin is reviews editor at The Thin Air. Find him on twitter @eoin_murraye