Saturday 27 February 2016
Ciaran Lavery - Return To Form
In the three years since Aghagallon native Ciaran Lavery released his album "Not Nearly Dark", it is safe to say that he has picked up a rather hefty following. If you want evidence of that, just take a look at the fellow's play counts on Spotify.
Most Northern Irish artists with a self-released album would be happy enough to rack up quadruple figures on the site. With minimal promotion, Ciaran Lavery's most popular song, "Shame", currently stands at over 17 MILLION streams, with a handful of other tracks currently on seven figures. In addition, his monthly listeners figure sits at a whopping 1.2 million as of the time of writing. There's a couple of theories as to how this has happened (TMB's own theory is that because his music is somewhat similar to the rather popular sex beast Hozier, his music will come up as a recommendation whenever someone listens to his Spotify radio station, which generated a lot of attention in his music in its own right), but however it happened, it is definitely well deserved.
As a result of his success off his own back, Ciaran Lavery recently signed a record deal with Believe, who are the home of James Vincent McMorrow and Asian Dub Foundation among others, and has an album lined up for release in a few months time. The first single released from the album is "Return To Form", and is certainly the most radio-friendly song that Ciaran has released to date (polite f-bombs excepted). Musically, it owes a lot to "I'm Not The Only One" by Sam Smith, although with the choirboy swooning replaced with Lavery's trademark world-weary ragged vocals. The song's already notched up over 200k on Spotify, and if the momentum continues, we might see Lavery crossing over into the mainstream charts with this release.
"Return To Form" is out now. Its parent album, "Let Bad In", will be released on May 27th.