Lisa O’Neill, ‘England Has My Man’ – Exclusive Premiere
On Oct. 28, Ireland's premier indie folk singer, Lisa O'Neill, will celebrate the release of her second full-length album, 'Same Cloth or Not.' The new record is full of ethereal musical arrangements and O'Neill's striking vocals, and ahead of it hitting the streets, Diffuser is beyond excited to premiere her brand new music video, 'England Has My Man,' above.
Produced and directed by Jamie Goldrick, the video features beautiful footage that adds to the already complex contemplative foundation of the song. "In today's interconnected society, the world feels a whole lot smaller than it really is. Yet, the fact remains that sometimes great distances or large physical barriers do exist between people," Goldrick explains. "So in 'England Has My Man,' to concentrate on the 120 KM ferry journey across the Irish Sea and to capture the imagery along the way reveals to us the real-lived physical gulf between countries and people which we may not fully appreciate when we hop onto a plan or log onto Skype."
Focusing on those "great distances", O'Neill remarks, "Emigration is ancient and very much alive. It has been a wondrous, fruitful, heartbreaking and lonesome reality for millions of families worldwide for centuries. It's been a subject which has inspired countless pieces of work in Irish folklore and song, which I think is a language of its own and a medicine for the alone."
"Everywhere I go, I meet Irish immigrants asking me 'how their home is,'" she says. "I count myself fortunate that my work allows me to journey around the globe, to explore, meet people, soak up ideas and truths, express and return to my roots and my chosen base of Ireland."
As for the song itself, O'Neill describes its culmination: "A wintery day in Dublin hosted the birth of this song. I think my heart had emigrated for a spell. The emigration of my imagination resulted in this -- a station for the life of old feelings."
For details on 'Same Cloth or Not' -- and O'Neill's current U.S. tour -- visit her official website here.