Following the release of his critically acclaimed album “Make It Up” earlier this year, Kevin Herm Connolly launches what is arguably its standout track as a single – the plaintive ballad “I’m Still in Love with You”. Its accompanying video charts Kevin’s journey from Mancora, a small town on the northern coast of Peru where he lived for a spell, back to Dublin, where he has been mostly based ever since leaving his home county of Galway as a teenager.
“A beautiful slow-burner with all the best elements of melancholy Americana” – Hot Press
“Gorgeous” – The Sunday Times
“Powerful” – The Connacht Tribune
Speaking about the video, Kevin says: “This video means a lot to me for various reasons. Firstly, it’s a family affair – the Peru scenes were shot by one of my brothers and the Dublin scenes by the other. The Dublin performance footage was shot on the old premises of Arad Studios, where the bulk of the album was recorded in very enjoyable sessions with my friend Les Keye. The studios have since had to move to make way for an office block… It’s nice to have this video as a document of those times. Lastly, many of the great friends I made during my time in Mancora (Peru) were involved and make cameo appearances in what was a very enjoyable (and ambitious!) shoot over there. I’m delighted to have so many important people, times and memories from my life feature in one of my videos!”
“Make It Up” is the new album from Irish singer-songwriter Kevin Herm Connolly.
Kevin has been writing songs since he was eight years old. Since then music has been what he has built his life around, for better or for worse. “I’ve tried living without music as my focus, but it has only led me down some dark alleys…,” he says. “This album is the culmination of several years’ work and making it was a joy. Its release was postponed on a number of occasions, with other less joyful things getting in the way. For that reason, I value it even more and I’m delighted it’s finally going out into the world.”
“The Galwegian’s second album fizzes – and is so playful and packed with so many musical side-turns, you may wonder why he waited a decade to follow up 2009’s acclaimed “Monsters”. Veering from the raw and the grungy – Lemon Bee, Snake Oil – to the trippy and cheery – It’s OK (‘Cos We’re in Love) and Swimming – these 10 tracks of twisted indie-alt-folk bring to mind Eels, Beck and Richard Hawley, particularly on the gorgeous I’m Still in Love with You and the tastefully arranged title track. Well worth the wait.“
– The Sunday Times
“Accomplished and impressive… brings a welcome edge to the Irish singer-songwriter milieu.”
– Hot Press
“Refined and contemplative… layered and varied… a real coming-of age moment.”
– The Connacht Tribune