Clonakilty, County Cork
New single, "Oh Now" just released:
"Songwriter Brian Casey provides an E.P. steeped in mood and atmosphere with his new record Rain Songs. Opening with the melodic, country inflected feel of ‘Believe’, Brian Casey mature and crafted songwriting takes centre stage within the stylish production
of Rain Songs." - The Last Mixed Tape, 2014, 8/10
"Casey’s musicianship is on full show on ‘Rain Songs’. Not only are his vocals most soulful on Times Riverbut they are solely backed by some impressive, intricate finger-picking. Showing a keen sense of song dynamics, Casey allows his songs to build naturally to a climax; favouring
a tension-and-release approach rather than a standard soft-loud style. The false crescendo on closing track So Tomorrow is a particularly nice touch." - Golden Plec Magazine.
In September 2014, Brian Casey completed his second self-produced EP, Rain Songs, a 5 track collection of slow burning delicate ideas which he simply had to get out of his system.
In the following months national and local radio play, a slot at HWCH - Ireland’s premier new music show case, a successful national headline tour, a handful of shows in London, a slot at the annual ‘Ones to Watch’ in legendary Dublin venue Whelan’s and a performance at MTV Crashes in his home town of Cork meant that the musicians own cautious expectation surrounding the EP’s release were well and truly surpassed.
Thriving on an eclectic palette of influences ranging
From the intensity and aggression of rock/blues heroes of old to the nuance and open melodies of his favourite modern day singer-songwriters, Casey’s songs move from
simple acoustic arrangements to larger than life soundscapes with ease.
Having played literally hundreds of shows in 2014 and early 2015, Casey's time since has been spent balancing work engineering/producing other artists in studio and writing a huge number of new tracks which he has narrowed down to 11 highly personal tracks which will form his debut album "Stories from the South Shore". Occasional breaks from the studio involved road testing new tracks live around ireland, the highlight of which was a packed intimate set at Other Voices in Dingle.
With recording nearing completion, "Oh Now", the first single to be taken from the album has just been released with further singles and the album itself to follow in subsequent months.