I’m so proud of what we made, I hope you enjoy it.
I’m releasing a cover of ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ on April 28th. The song means a lot to me, and I wanted to give it a different slant. I’ve been playing it live for a while now, and people kept asking me to record it, so here it is…comes out April 28th but available to pre-order now here
I’ve got another single coming on May 12th, my original ‘Wasteland’. Here’s a little explanation behind the double release:
My ‘Young Hearts/Wasteland’ release is offering two sides to my music. My cover of ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ is me interpreting a classic song endeavouring to find something new in it. Someone else’s story, my voice. It’s a song I’ve loved for years, but I never really heard the words until recently. I covered it because I felt I could add something, a new take, a different way of relating to a song we usually hear on the dancefloor. ‘Wasteland’ is my own original, and explores a conflicted relationship with a city, parallel to a conflicted personal relationship, and one with the cycle of the seasons.
I’m releasing them one after the other because they speak to each other. Lyrically they both explore the complexities of relationships, of feeling wedded to something, of wondering whether love has been wasted, and the bittersweet regret that comes with that. They’re both a reflection on time, individuality, freedom. Musically, they exist in the same landscape for me. Stripped back to vocals and piano so that I can really expose the heart of the songs, with Wasteland introducing a shifting layer of metallic beats underneath, and some beautifully dramatic strings undulating throughout.
‘Young Hearts Run Free’ is released on April 28th, ‘Wasteland’ is released May 12th. The short film accompanying both songs is also released on May 12th.
I’m releasing two new singles in April/May. The first is my cover of ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ on April 28th, the second is my original ‘Wasteland, coming May 12th.
To celebrate these releases and all the new stuff since ‘The Longing Kind’, I’m playing a London Residency in June + July.
3 dates at The Harrison, King’s Cross, a lovely intimate venue in the heart of London.
June 14th, June 28th, July 12th.
The exciting bit is, if you buy a ticket now you’ll receive a free download of ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ way before it’s released. And it’s free for the first 50 ticket buyers.
Buy tickets + get the single here:
Finally, each show will feature a different special guest. I’m saving those names for announcement later, but I’m excited about each of them…
Enjoy + see you in London
I’m so proud of what we made, I hope you enjoy it.
So happy to be able to share the video for ‘Extraordinary’ with you, hosted exclusively by those nice people at Folk Radio UK for 24 hours before it’s live everywhere tomorrow. Check it out here
I told them a little bit about making it too. Here’s a behind the scenes snap with our star Evvy Miller, and our lion friend.
I’m delighted that my new single ‘Extraordinary’ is released today. It’s available to buy as a download here.
I’ve been in the studio over the winter making new songs with producer NosaAppollo, and this is the first of a few singles coming your way before the summer. I’m so pleased to finally share this new music with you. If you like the song, please tell your friends and help me get the word out.
I’m doing something a bit different for the first few weeks of 2017; I’m performing in the new play with songs ‘Narvik’ written by Lizzie Nunnery.
It’s a beautiful piece of writing, and the music is integral to the play, haunting the main character with his memories and regrets. We’re touring across the U.K. until the end of March.
Dates, venues and a trailer to give you a taste of the show are here
New singles are being mixed and mastered, and will be coming out while I’m on tour with the play.
Hope to see you somewhere.
Last week I went into the BBC studios to sing + chat live on World on 3 on Radio 3 about Sweet Liberties with Sam Carter, another songwriter on the project. It was a lot of fun + great to re-visit songs from the album.
Folk Radio UK have been very kind about my new material in a special feature that went live this week. It’s a really interesting piece which picked up on my words about David Bowie as an inspirational anti-establishment musician. They like the new video too. Thanks, FRUK x
You can read it here http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2016/11/maz-oconnor-new-single-video-new-moon-tour/
The New Moon Tour continues this week in Milton Keynes, London + Corsham.
See ya soon x
I’m so excited to finally be able to share this with you- it’s been a while in the making and it’s the first step in a new direction musically for me.
You can download it here
I wrote ‘Skin’ earlier this year and worked on the single over the summer with producer NosaAppollo to create the new sound. It’s different from anything I’ve done before.
And the video was a collaboration with Mazzilli Dance Theatre and Neuron Hub. The dancers are friends of mine from my contemporary dance performance group in East London. I’m so proud of it, and I hope you like it.
More of this stuff to come in 2017….
Over and out x
I’m excited to share videos for songs from the new album with you:
This is a video I made with director Leonore Schick and choreographer Annarita Mazzilli, who’s dancing beautifully here with Ignacio Garoz. Hope you like it!
And then there’s this adorable dancer for ‘Crook of his Arm’: