Dublin based singer/songwriter/producer Kenan Flannery has released one of the best EPs I've heard in awhile. I'm not gonna lie- I was skeptical at first. Even though I'm a huge fan of Kenan's work, I wasn't sure how much I'd dig a whole collection of stripped back tunes.
Needless to say I was blown away by the project. At his core, he's a boy with a guitar and a cowboy soul, and the project beautifully captures this. It showcases his incredible strength as a singer/songwriter. It epitomizes not only his sound but also who he is, in a beautifully candid and honest way.
Every song is different and enticing in its own way, while staying true to the sound and cohesiveness of the project. There's honestly never a dull moment in the EP, which is hard to do in general let alone when its mostly just you and a guitar.
Kenan's strength lies in strong songwriting and emotive vocal performances- and these are the elements that carry this EP, with his personality shining through. Every song is beautiful crafted and features Kenan's unique mix of indie, folk, and country.
This EP makes me want to leave this old town behind and hop on a train with a guitar on my back while writing a letter to my distant lover. PLEASE sit on your porch this summer and listen to this EP.
The EP opens with Fools Gold, which captured me immediately as just a beautiful love song and got me excited about the rest of the EP. It's followed by Glory Days which is more upbeat country railroad tune. "Rolling Stone" introduces of more instrumentation, featuring Kenan's harmonica playing, and also - there's just something about slide guitar in the summer time lads. "Our Love" is a more stripped back tune. The EP closes with "I'll love you Anyways," which I adore lyrically and melodically.
"Tell me babe, if you could go anywhere, with lots of money and no cares, would you still go with me?" - Kenan Flannery, "I'll Love You Anyways"