Introducing Irish indie folk artist Geoffrey Harold and his debut single ‘Birdcall’, out 23/06/22.
“The track is a soft, dreamily peppy melody – the type of song you’d want to hear first thing in the morning. Harold uses a clever blend of layered harmonies and carefully placed auto-tune effects to bring the single into the indie-folk genre.” – Hot Press
Having cut his teeth as part of the Dublin 5 piece ‘The Gorgeous Colours’, some time away from the Irish music scene saw a move to Sweden and the creation of an album for this solo artists’ debut offering.
Enlisting fellow Irish musicians and artists Brendan Fennelly (O Emperor, The Bonk) on drums, Anna Mullarkey on backing vocals, Shane Cluskey (Kaynu Tree) on piano, engineered and produced by Alex Borwick (Sam Fender, Niamh Regan, Moxie) and was recorded at Sonic Studios in Stoneybatter.
The album ‘I Was Afraid You Wouldn’t Come Back’ is a stunning debut from Geoffrey Harold.
Geoffrey Harold is an Irish artist living in Sweden.
He has been writing and developing his debut album in the short windows between life’s other necessities of family, work, and walking to where we have to go.
At the same time, it draws from a lifetime of living, working, learning, and playing music in Dundalk, Dublin, and Malmö; a patchwork blanket stitched through years of staying afloat through life’s waves and storms.
The red thread that runs through this blanket is various flavours of fear; these songs look directly at the fears of loss and change experienced through lenses of love, growing, travel, identity, ageing, fatherhood, and the search for connection.
The first single is ‘Birdcall’ and it’s out on 23/06/22
This story is about a couple’s realisation that things are coming to an end and some things need to change to get back to the real world. Layered tones of ecstatic pop, driving electronica, and bursts of frenzied guitar punctuate this story of two characters in a break up, who need to let go of each other to return to themselves.
‘I remember as a youth saying why the hell are all the songs on charts about love..bla bla bla and thought I’m never going to do that.
This song was written in the aftermath of a breakup while experiencing those peak chest tightening withdrawal symptoms from someone you are close to.
It’s a document of that heartbreak and period of devastation. Love wha'” GH
I Was Afraid You Wouldn’t Come Back, the debut album by Malmö-based Irish musician and artist Geoffrey Harold, is an album about identity and belonging, solitude, love, change, getting lost, and finding your way back.
The songs are informed by encounters with fear: of losing sanity, friends, family, yourself.
The album draws from a lifetime of learning and musical exploration in Dundalk, Dublin, and Malmo, of finding ways to tell stories and maintain a sense of curiosity through life’s changes.
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