Indie songwriter Caoilian Sherlock releases his newest single ‘Candidate’ ahead of his debut album this spring. It’s psychedelic stomper filled with Tame Impala-esque synths and a thunderous chorus straight out of the 90s songbook. What began as an attempt to rewrite a version of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’, turned into a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the political establishment. Showcasing Sherlock’s dry wit and casual nature as witnessed on previous singles such as ‘Sucker For Love’, his newest effort is an anthemic and exhilarating.
Expertly combining psychedelic indie rock with impactful and insightful pop music, Sherlock has over a decade of experience writing songs and playing with bands. He has honed his craft through playing guitar involvement in various outfits such as The Shaker Hymn and The Tan Jackets.
In 2017, he released his debut EP "The Faraway" under the moniker Saint Caoilian, following a successful year of support shows with artists such as Roy Harper, Ryley Walker, and Sean O'Hagan, as well as a tour throughout Ireland with Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg. During this time, he also performed at several music festivals, including Body & Soul, Another Love Story, Sounds From A Safe Harbour, Quiet Lights, and It Takes A Village.
Throughout his journey, Caoilian's sound evolved from a pure folk style to a more experimental approach, as he recorded numerous demos in the various homes he lived in while residing in Cork City. In 2019, he assembled a live band named The Big Children and began recording his first solo output, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of artists from John Prine to Cate Le Bon; The Walkmen to Thomas Dolby.
In 2021, he released a four-track EP titled ‘Big Child’. Having finally found a sound that he was comfortable with, he released several singles recorded with Brendan Fennessy of O Emperor fame. The songs, "Shades Of You," "Sucker For Love," and "Don't Let Me Forget About Her," are charming lo-fi pop tracks with catchy choruses that balance carefree nonchalance with poignant introspection.
In May 2023, Caoilian Sherlock will release his debut album with a full Irish tour to coincide.
"His first solo single allows that raspy sweetness to dominate a song of bright laid-back blues folk" - Irish Times (Single Of The Week)
‘I’ll Be A Fool For You’ is a languid lilting track from a man who clearly has many strings to his bow." - Nialler9
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