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Ciaran Lavery Announces New Album, First Single is RETURN TO FORM

Ciaran Lavery announces that he will be releasing his sophomore album, Let Bad In, on May 27, 2016 via Believe Recordings. Despite wielding an acoustic guitar and writing achingly beautiful lyrics, the County Antrim native doesn’t conform to the sensitive singer-songwriter archetype. Let Bad In blends Americana and hip-hop influences in a grainy voice with a deep soul impulse over processed beats and sumptuous strings that ultimately create a “very personal album” says the singer. He explains, “I have written 10 songs based all around that nostalgic innocence of youth and now, older, I look at things, what things I face in the future. How I felt about certain things at a certain age or point in my life, others reflective as an older version of myself looking back then forward.” Let Bad In is essentially an album based on the naivety of childhood and the loss of innocence with age.

Ciaran kicked off the album release announcement with the premiere of his first single, “Return To Form,” at Clash Music. The track, which is going for adds at radio now, is a song that brings it all home, looking at his early years with a twinge of nostalgia. When asked about the single, the singer explains it perfectly, “There are elements of both my past and present in there. I think everyone envies the child they were, for the fearlessness they once had and can never recapture.” Ciaran will be performing “Return To Form” and previewing other songs off the 10-track album at this year’s SxSW. He will be in Austin from March 14 – 18, playing seven different showcases including performances at Spotify House, TuneCore’s showcase, Paradigm’s showcase and the Heartbreak BBQ at Willie Nelson’s Ranch. All showcases and times are listed below.

In 2014, Lavery’s Kosher EP and Not Nearly Dark album went global, with the tracks, “Shame” and “Left For American” leading the charge racking up more than 30 million listens on Spotify. Both releases received incredible response from both critics and music industry insiders with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody saying Not Nearly Dark was a “stunning” and “magical” collection, while BBC One’s Zane Lowe described Lavery as “a songwriter that is very comfortable in his own skin.”  2015 saw the release of Sea Legs, a mini-album on which Lavery collaborated with electronica artist Ryan Vail. The pair received a nomination for best album at the Norther Irish Music Prize and, later in the year, won the Big Break, a search for the brightest of Ireland’s bright young things. It’s all about momentum. And there is real sense, especially with the release of Let Bad In, his most profound statement yet, that this time belongs to Lavery.

“Return To Form” Video:
SxSW Showcases:
March 14 * Belfast/Nashville Twin Cities Riverboat Party * 11:00am
March 14 * Trackd Party for British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 * 8:20pm
March 16 * Spotify House at 1501 6th Street * 12:45pm
March 16 * Official Paradigm Showcase at Majestic Music Hall * 7pm- 1am
March 17 * British Music@SxSW at Latitude 30 * 4:40pm
March 18 * TuneCore at Vulcan Gas Company * 2:00pm
March 18 * Heartbreaker BBQ at Willie Nelson’s Ranch * 5pm – 11pm

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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