Big congrats today to Cork singer of soul Brian Deady who this morning signed a major label record deal with Universal / Decca Records in the UK.
It just shows that it can take a long time to break through to a different tier if you’re a musician. Brian Deady has been playing soul and R&B for a number of years and last December, I had the pleasure of debuting his latest album Non-Fiction.
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Cork man Brian Deady has returned to long format album for the first time in six years. Recently, Deady has been showing off his vocal chops with fun doo-wop covers that were followed by a couple of singles, both equally impressive but disparate in style.
‘A Darkness’ opens the album on a melancholic note ruing a failed lover (“take a look at me, I’m drifting out to sea / I’m grieving for the land / I’m drowning for this man / who am I supposed to be?”). “Everyone’s a little fucked up,” Deady concludes, and those downbeat moments rear their head among the shades of soul happiness, energy on Non-Fiction as the seasons pass on the running time.
The high Cee Lo soul of ‘Clap Both My Hands’ stands out in the exuberant stakes, while the stomping blues of ‘Tapes’ isn’t a million miles away from the kind of song that brought Andrew Hozier-Byrne such worldwide success.
‘All Star Cast’ takes on a pitched-down piano-boogie, ‘Silver Moon’ is electronic atmosphere and ‘Dad’ is a baring reflection on a father/son relationship with references to Roy Orbison songs and an indication of how much deeper below the surface Deady is exploring here.
One of the finest soul singers, maybe the finest, in Ireland is Brian Deady who recently returned with the slow and moving ‘A Darkness’ song. On December 4th, Deady will release Non-Fiction, his first album in six years.
‘Clap Both My Hands’ is the superb stomping soul bluesy single which heralds the album to come.
Video Directed by Steve Glashier at NTSH London.
A launch gig is happening in St Luke’s Church in Cork on December 21st.
My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. I’ll be doing two shows next week, Monday evening 7pm – 10pm before Donal Dineen takes over and my regular new music show on Thursday.
Cork’s Brian Deady has proved himself to be a fine vocalist, and one with variety as recently demonstrated by his a capella doo-wop covers and his original soulful music. For his newest track ‘A Darkness’, there’s a change afoot. Deady is delving deeper, and coming up with the heartfelt goods.
Check out the track which was mixed and co-produced with Ross Dowling (James Vincent Mcmorrow ) with its high-quality video directed by Steve Glashier NTSH London. The song features on an album coming this year called Non-Fiction.
A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.
On Wednesday night, the first State Social takes place downstairs in the Shebeen Chic. It’s the first of State Magazine’s monthly nights where we’ll have State DJs from 9pm.It’s somewhere for State writers, photographers and readers to go on a Wednesday night for some good music and it’s FREE. I’ll be DJing on the night as will Loreana Rushe.