Aoife O’Donovan announces new album, Age Of Apathy. Out on 21st Januray 2021 on Yep Roc Records.
Aoife O’Donovan – the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter known not only for her own solo music but her esteemed work with I’m With Her, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, and many more – announces the January 21, 2022 release of her new album Age Of Apathy.
Produced by fellow GRAMMY-winner Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens) and featuring guest appearances from Allison Russell and Madison Cunningham, Age Of Apathy finds O’Donovan’s gift for poetic imagery and unconventionally alluring melody in full bloom as she confronts the sense-dulling barrage of the digital age. Amid symphonic arrangements that reveal a stunning mastery of her craft, Aoife puts forth a statement of defiance and radical love — one that reaffirms her as one of our most vital songwriters today.
On the lead single Phoenix, O’Donovan calls upon her resilience despite “quaking like the San Andreas fault.” Open chord strums and dramatic flourishes of percussion convey a sense of possibility as O’Donovan concludes with a cry of “I’m ready now.”
“I remember writing Phoenix late at night in my sunroom,” says O’Donovan. “It was in early February of this year — a gorgeous Florida winter night — and I came across the first line of the song, all alone, in an old note on my computer. Late 2020 and early 2021 brought a wave of clarity and inspiration after a very difficult period of creative malaise, and Phoenix is truly an ode to my own muse.”
O’Donovan recorded Age Of Apathy through a unique arrangement with Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, logging daily hours on-site at their studio with GRAMMY-nominated engineer Darren Schneider (Deep Purple, Koryn Hawthorne, Trivium) – who also mixed the album – all the while collaborating entirely remotely with Henry. While her previous albums were composed and recorded in an adrenalized rush between tours, the creation of Age Of Apathy was more deliberate and methodical — a rare silver lining amid the stillness of COVID living.
2022 UK/EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
January 28 – Out To Lunch Festival at Rosemary Street Church – Belfast, UK
January 29 – Liberty Hall – Dublin, IE
January 30 – Live at St. Luke’s – Cork, IE
February 1 – St. Paul’s Church — Birmingham, UK
February 2 — Barbican, Milton Court Concert Hall – London, UK
February 3 – Hallé St. Peter’s – Manchester, UK
February 4 – Sage 2 – Gateshead, UK
February 5 – Junction 2 – Cambridge, UK
February 8 – Tivoli Vredenburg – Utrecht, NL
February 9 – Alice – Copenhagen, DK
February 11 – Haus der Musik 2 – Vienna, AT
February 12 – Orpheum – Graz, AT