County Armagh-hailing Conchúr White re-emerges with a fresh track flaunting his familiar yarn-spinning eloquence, the latest taken from his upcoming sophomore EP Dreamers.
The rising artist slyly taps into the airbrushed antics born out of a social media-defined era on “Vocation Vacation”, a smoggy lounge bar ambience of bluesy piano flourishes and sub currents of bubbling bass, through which the up-and-coming troubadour wields his drawling vernacular with laconically raffish style. In doing so, Conchúr homes in on the contoured portrait of perfection manufactured through influencer trends with a playfully wry angle that cuts through the smoke and mirrors.
Since departing former band Silences two years ago, Conchúr has fast secured a reputation in his own right for sardonically astute lyricism and a sophisticated musical knack, a twin strength that graced debut four-track affair Bikini Crops. With Father John Misty a self-proclaimed inspiration, the Northern Irish singer/songwriter brandishes similar anecdotal flair, employing tongue-in-cheek quippery rather than preachingly dour monologue as a tool for social commentary.
"Vocation Vacation is many thoughts and feelings thrown together," says Conchúr. "It’s part commentary of influencer culture and the disingenuous image we present (I’m guilty as anyone). It’s also about getting older and feeling insecure about who you are and what you have to offer. There’s a degree of nihilism in the title – “Vocation Vacation” – like life can be summed up into two things – being in work and not being in work. I just hope people can laugh and relate to some of the observations."
Teaming up with producers Kevin McMahon (Real Estate) and Simon Dine, famed for his work with Paul Weller, White adds, this summer's Dreamers “[is] about the importance of pushing yourself out the door but also giving yourself a break and understanding that everyone’s circumstances are different.”