Remembering to be grateful. “It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Sometimes life lands a really mean punch in the gut and it feels like there’s nothing to be grateful for. Guess what? It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to find anything. It’s the searching that counts.”
Kíla frontman Rónán Ó Snodaigh recalls a valuable lesson learned in the pandemic lockdown. “Gratefulness doesn’t just make you happy — it creates a positive feedback loop in your relationships. So express that gratitude to the people you care about.” It was in the soil of this powerful sentiment that ‘Tá Go Maith’, a collection of new solo works, began to propagate. The new album will arrive Thursday 5th August, with a song from it out now ‘Ar Ár Son’ (On Our Behalf), with accompanying video directed by Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) https://youtu.be/4Glz6UrtKSg
In a spur of the moment decision informed by another valuable lesson learned in lockdown, that isolation and a generosity of time can do much to fuel the creative mind, Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Myles O’Reilly filled a car with musical instruments and decamped to a remote cottage, ‘Shell Cottage’ in Maynooth. Bringing with him a canon of new lyrics, inspired by deep and newfound connections with time, place, family, friends and… gratitude, Rónán found a nest in O’Reilly’s minimal ambient textures, to lay some musical ideas. In the ethereal sound grown to characterise Myles ambient music moniker [Indistinct Chatter], songs were hatched.
Rónán’s Gaelic lyrics and satin voice gently rip through the air like a soft breeze. You can sense the atmosphere of the woods outside Shell Cottage, and it feels inescapably like you too are there. Speaking about the new song ‘Ar Ár Son’ (On Our Behalf), Ó Snodaigh says “Philosophically I’m playing with an idea I stumbled upon from Muhammad Ali, he said “We / Me”. All that’s in me, is for you. So I’m juggling that around…
We’re supposed to benefit each other, we’re all supposed to interact with each other, that’s how human existence should operate. Everyone knows we’re all connected, and we might as well be kind to each other.”
‘Ar Ár Son’ (On Our Behalf) is the second song to be shared from the upcoming album, the first taster “Tá’n t’Ádh Liom (Lucky Is Me)” appeared late last year – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RknDQJtJkOs
‘Ar Ár Son’ written by Rónán Ó Snodaigh. Video directed by Myles O’Reilly is out now.
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The new album, ‘Tá Go Maith’ by Rónán Ó Snodaigh, produced by Myles O’Reilly, will be released on all digital platforms Thursday 5th August 2021.
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