As a fourth-generation Irish musician, Siobhán O’Brien has carefully crafted her styling as a contemporary songwriter. Her debut album Mumbo Jumbo Bla Bla, released in 1996, went on to garner praise and national airplay throughout Ireland. In 2008, O’Brien released her album I Grew Up To, which featured famed Irish musician Paddy Moloney of The Chieftans and led to a performance at the Boston Symphony Hall with them the same year. But it was in 2016 that O’Brien made the move to America, deciding that was where she wanted to lay down her musical roots. Through that one choice and one experience, Siobhán O’Brien’s single, “The King’s Fool”, was born.
It takes a powerful songwriter to transform their experiences into captivating lyrics, but Siobhán O’Brien nails it with “The King’s Fool”. She takes her experiences of assimilation, the pain of leaving a life behind, and connects the emotions to the frustrations of ‘making it’ as a musician. Musically, O’Brien leads with a strong guitar riff as she brings in her own flavor of rock and folk – reminiscent of songwriters such as Joan Baez and Sheryl Crow.
“The King’s Fool” is the first single to come from Siobhán O’Brien’s upcoming third album You Can’t Run Out of Love. Recorded in Austin, Texas, at Cicada Moon Studios, O’Brien worked alongside John Bush and Matt Hubbard of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. The collaboration brought to life 10 original track, each holding an important meaning or moment in time for O’Brien. Combining this with creating the signature contemporary songwriter sound we get with “The King’s Fool”, O’Brien’s upcoming record will no doubt be an intense flurry of emotions.
With her latest release, Siobhán O’Brien teases what’s to come from the full album. “The King’s Fool” is now available on all streaming platforms. Be sure to check out Siobhán O’Brien’s latest single and follow her on social media for music updates.