Views with a Room
You may not know his name, but you know the sound of his rhythms, having been on the drums with the likes of Passenger and Bernard Fanning to name a few.
The talented Declan Kelly takes a much anticipated step away from the drums to bring the new release ‘ Views with a Room’, a Heartbreakingly beautiful musical offering.
The lead single ‘ Carry Me’ is a haunting track, that almost pleads for the redemption that a safe harbour called love can offer. Its emotive and powerful and the kind of track that you want to listen to time and time again, letting tears slide slowly down your cheeks. Reminiscent of Jeff Buckley’s ‘ Lover, you should have come over’, Kelly’s vocals ache over a simple guitar composition.
Produced by Kelly, the album has just enough of a salting of reggae mixed with Island vibes, the tranquil voice of Kelly finishing it off perfectly. At times the album will have you feeling chilled vibes, pleasant and gentle; at others the emotive songs cut deep to an inner saddness. Its poeticly beautiful and the meloncholic undertones are powerful.
‘ Take me in tonight’ a guitar laden track pleads for a place to rest a weary heart and refuge. Its a slightly more upbeat vibe, with profoundly emotive lyrics. Kelly’s honeyed voice pleading at times for a haven. Its a place we’ve all been and is uniquely relatable.
‘ Just stay’ brings more of the island vibe, calming vocals laid over cruisy guitar licks and a sweetened drum beat tying it in all together. Its minimal musical elements leave room for Kelly’s vocals to shine, creating a tranquil, pleasant vibe.
‘ Tell Me Why’ the mournful reminder that life at times is challenging. Its a cool dip into an ocean of sadness, that is poigniantly beautiful. Vocals that are pierceingly tear jerking, lamenting and wistful.
Finishing up the album with ‘ All I Want’, Declan Kelly’s ‘ Views with a Room’ is an emotivally beautiful journey, best played on rainy days, the perfect antidote for a broken heart.
Views with a Room is out now on all digital retailers.
Words by Amanda Lee Starkey