In just under three weeks, Belfast-based songwriter Joel Harkin releases his debut album, Never Happy.
A ten-track distillation of the Donegal artist’s singular alt-folk vision, it filters the influence of artists as disparate as Conor Oberst, Modest Mouse, Bjork and Gregory & The Hawk to deliver a compelling statement of intent.
The follow-up to March’s ‘No Recycling‘, new single ‘Vada’ is an outright highlight from the album. “The song creates a world in which my mates from Letterkenny and the main character of my favourite film, the 1991 classic ‘My Girl’, exist in the same universe,” Harkin says. “It’s about how they compare the differences and similarities in their lives that take place on two different sides of the world.”
Produced by George Sloan, Never Happy is released on May 19th