Over the years, Keelan Cunningham has had a conflicting relationship with his one true love: music. A former member of up-and-coming Irish band The Marigolds, the dissolution of the band had a profound effect on Keelan as he quickly fell out of love with the industry. With more than ten years passing without music in his life, the world-wide pandemic revitalised Keelan's creativity.
Strapping on his Fender Telecaster and switching on an old Roland keyboard he began the process of writing and producing songs once again. The results were immediate and quickly culminated in the formation of his new project, Keelan X.
Cherry picking approaches and styles of song craftmanship he had developed whilst playing in an array of bands over the years, the multi-instrumentalist set about writing a varied collection of songs. Keelan’s distinctive sound is borne out of his eclectic taste in music, taking influence from contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs, The Weekend, Sam Fender, The Academic and melding this with his love of the likes of Bowie, Tears For Fears, Prefab Sprout and Giorgio Moroder.
Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, Keelan X, is due to round of a bustling year with the
release of his epic new single, Fresh Paint.
2023 has been a successful year for the nomadic Irish artist which has seen his diverse synth-pop
sound reach music lovers around the world. Following a unique interpretation of Johnny Logan’s
1980 Eurovision winner, What’s Another Year, Keelan unveiled electro-pop banger, Never Wanted
Nobody Else, in October.
Fast forward four weeks and Keelan is once again able to illustrate his chameleonic approach to
songwriting, through the atmospheric single Fresh Paint. Hazy and nostalgic yet grooving and
contemporary, Keelan seamlessly melds cinematic 80s soundscapes with sleek, modern electropop,
creating a reflective piece of work.
Providing an emotional inner landscape of Keelan’s view of modern life, the singer tackles themes
of relationship misfires, boundary setting, self-discovery and defiance. The song’s title alludes to
how we metaphorically paint over our own emotional landscape before quickly moving onto the
Fresh Paint will be Keelan's final release of the year having already gained support from the likes
of BBC Introducing Three Counties & Northants, RTÉ 2, Amazing Radio, Today FM, The Vinyl
District, Synthpoplover, Hot Press, Side-Line Magazine, and Electricity Club. Keelan will bring
the year to a close as he prepares to perform his live debut headline gig at The Workmans Club
Cellar in Dublin on the 26th of November 2023.
Fresh Paint is out on 17th November 2023.