Ways Of Seeing Album ‘End Comes To Light’ Released October 28th
Kerry musician ‘Ways of Seeing’ releases his debut album ‘End Comes To Light’ on October 28th, 2022. The album was recorded and produced with Christian Best (Mick Flannery) and Alex Borwick (Niamh Regan, Rachel Lavelle). The album was mixed by Tommy McLaughlin (Soak, Pillow Queens, Ailbhe Reddy) at Attica Audio in Donegal.
“The record was made over two years with its humble beginnings in an attic space in Kerry. Once the songs were written, I worked with many talented musicians in Cork and Dublin to develop the ideas – their musicianship really helped to tie the album together and hopefully give the album its own unique sound. It is an album about change, the slow realisation that something is coming to an end, the process of grieving this end and seeing it as the start of something else. It also explores the idea of arriving at the place where you started but seeing this place in a whole new light.”
“The next step is to bring it to a live audience which will happen in the coming months. I can’t wait to see how these songs translate to a live setting and to share the live experience with others – especially family and friends. It’s been a while since I’ve played a live gig so it will be exciting!”
Ways of Seeing – Artist Bio
Ways of Seeing is the project of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James O’Donnell. This is his first solo project after previous musical ventures with bands ‘Hush War Cry’ and ‘Dear Desert’. This new project started in the attic of his childhood home in Kerry where his musical journey began many years before. After converting the attic into a home studio, the unfolding pandemic provided time to flesh out years of voice notes and musical sketches.
The name “Ways of Seeing” came from the idea that songs could reveal parts of the self that might otherwise never have been revealed. In an attempt to capture the subconscious, melodies and lyrics were kept as they came out on first takes of recording. The songs exist as dreamlike stories where the subconscious voice inhabits a world of lush panoramic soundscapes.
Ways of Seeing aims to use musical ideas to dig deeper into knowing one’s self while observing the world from new perspectives. Song-writing can allow us to see the world in ways we never could have imagined, for Ways of Seeing this is just the start of that journey…
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