O Deer is the musical project of Oisín Walsh-Peelo. Inspired by folk idioms, Oisín’s music is mellow and delicate, and draws from his diverse musical language.
Now based in West-Cork, Oisín has travelled extensively with his music. As a session musician (piano, guitars, harp, low-whistles and vocalist) he has played throughout the USA, Europe, Ireland, and the UK. He has toured worldwide with a wide range of artists and bands including Hudson Taylor, Gabrielle Aplin, Hannah-Grace, Villagers, Sun Collective, and I Have a Tribe.
Since the release of his first EP ‘O Deer’, Oisín has played support for Hozier in the USA, Joseph (US), Departure Lounge (UK), among others.
As touring and live music came to a stop in 2020, Oisín used this slower pace to record his debut album which is set for release September 2022. Today, he shares the first single, ‘Waterside’. A dreamy combination of ambient minimalism with folk-song idioms.
‘Waterside’ displays a mixture of the neo-folk songwriting style akin to that of Sufjan Stevens, with the ambient minimalism of the likes of Ólafur Arnalds. It has an earthy, natural sound contributed to by the open-string guitars. The nature sounds within the track (which were recorded in the Devil’s Glen in Wicklow) lend the song an ASMR quality. The sound is made distinctly Irish by the inclusion of the low-whistle.
Speaking of the single, Walsh-Peelo says:
“This song means a lot to me. It was written in a time just before the pandemic when there was a lot of change going on in my life. Waterside a short reflection of the state of the outer vs. the inner world: our natural environment vs. our mental and emotional one. It’s strange to me that we witness the beauty and wonder of our natural world on a daily basis, yet so often allow it to pass us by unacknowledged – It’s the same in relationships as well. This song tries to articulate that in some way. It’s really a reminder to myself to not take anything for granted.”
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