Aoife O’Donovan – “Passengers”: DJ Pick of the Week

Aoife O'Donovan

“Passengers” by Aoife O’Donovan is Dan’s DJ Pick of the Week! Aoife O’Donovan is an Irish-American guitarist and singer-songwriter living in Brooklyn, New York. She found her passion for music while spending her summers in Ireland, where she learned to sing from her extended family. After years performing in groups such as Crooked Still and Sometymes Why, Aoife debuted her solo career in 2010 with the EP Blue Light. Since then, she has released three studio albums, two live albums, and three additional EPs. Her music upholds her folk roots while adding themes.

Aoife takes a creative approach to weaving the themes of folk and rock music together in “Passengers”. Overall, the song is given shape by multiple layers, which enter in and disappear depending on the section. The verses consist of guitar, bass, kick drum and vocals, harnessing folk vibes. Each verse is calm and upbeat, with a joyful feeling behind each note struck. As the song builds to each chorus, the drums add in cymbals and snare, and the guitar parts become more intricate. The song peaks in the last chorus, with electric guitar overtaking the acoustic to lay down a heavier rock riff. Meanwhile, Aoife’s vocals are sweet and airy, floating effortlessly between each section.

“Passengers” is one of eleven songs on Aoife’s newest album, Age of Apathy. The song is also one of two to release alongside a music video, in this case directed by Omar Cruz. In addition, she is currently on tour in the States, and will tour abroad later this year. Information regarding her tours, including a show in Nashville, is available here. Otherwise, be sure to stay up to date with Aoife O’Donovan through her social media, as well as her website. Also, feel free to check out the official music video for “Passengers” below!

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