With over 100,000 streams on Spotify, combined video views of over 2 million, music shared by Coldplay and supporting the legend Dodie......Belfast born Owen Denvir at only 29 has asserted himself as one of the finest singer songwriters around and is now announcing his biggest project to date - 3 EPs released over a year that form his debut album.
About the album, Owen says..."The album and EP trilogy idea is based on Sigmund Freud's theory that personality is a sum of 3 parts: the Id (acting on raw impulse), the Ego (being terrified of consequences) and the Superego (the balance between the two).
The first EP ("Sticks") deals with loss and delusion and the impulsive decisions we make while in the spell of 'love'. The second ("Stones") being a more confident but brash take on love, and finally the last EP ("Bones") is when you have the balance between the two, which mostly leads to more healthy relationships."
The second single from 'Sticks', 'Stay' Owen says... "It's a song about a lover leaving and trying to convince them to stay. While living in Edinburgh I fell for a French girl who told me she would be leaving once she finished Uni. Although I tried to not get too attached I found myself falling for her. I wrote this song to persuade her to stay."
Denvir's vocal is plaintive, pleading, showing its range through the whole song. You can almost touch the sadness in the song.
"...stay...if it makes you feel better...stay..."
The vocal slightly fades away in the end which only adds to the feeling of desperation when you realize the person you love is gone and there is nothing you can do about it no matter how hard you try.
Musically, the song is dark and haunting (comparison to Basciville from Wexford comes to mind immediately), simple and minimalistic which is perfect for the overall mood of the song.