Listen to: Ciaran Lavery – Okkervil River
AGHAGALLON singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery is preparing to release his second album Let Bad In next week, a record which finds him getting all reflective at the ripe old age of 29.
Described as "a very personal album" featuring "10 songs based all around that nostalgic innocence of youth and how I look at things now," the album has been preceded by the former Captain Kennedy man's current single, Okkervil River.
Named for the Texan 'don't call us alt-country' band referenced in its lyrics, the trumpet-laced, hip-hop-informed acoustic pop number is indeed a bittersweet snapshot of long-gone youth filtered through the perspective-tinted lens of experience.
"Forget me now, for when I was 15, I was shy, I was green – I had everything" croons Lavery in the manner of a man facing up to the realities of a fast-approaching 30 on this atmospheric, slow-burning song.
It makes a memorable trailer for the album proper, which the Co Armagh man is launching with a special gig at St George's Church in Belfast next Friday.
Come join his congregation.