Fiona O’ Connell – “Easily”

Photo Credit: Niamh Barry

A new single from Irish singer/songwriter Fiona O’ Connell, “Easily” is a hauntingly personal track written in the shadow of recent heartbreak. Solemn acoustics and retrospective vocals enamor in the minimalist introduction, escalating beautifully upon the emergence of gentle percussion and ghostly backing vocals. “So easily,” O’ Connell punctuates the memorable chorus with. “Like it was easy.” There’s a lingering impact in this section particularly, capturing the difficulty of moving on, even when it’s in everyone’s best interest.

The subsequent verses, taking place in past memories of clouded spaces and a reluctance to let go again, plays with continuing heartrending effect. The lead vocals scale back past the two-minute mark, allowing the atmospheric guitars and backing vocals to intermingle. The ensuing soundscape is gorgeous, and sets for a stirring, reprising finale. “Easily” is a moving, resonating folk-forward success from Fiona O’ Connell.

The artist elaborates further on the track:

“‘Easily’ is a song about being in the throes of a heartbreak. It’s full of nostalgia and longing for a version of the past when things made sense. It was written after the breakup of a relationship that had spanned through some of my most formative years. Looking back I recognised my lack of emotional maturity while still feeling bitter about and devastated by the loss of the relationship.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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