Hot on heels with his latest single ‘This Road‘, Christy is back with a new stunning single ‘Burned Out‘
The new single ‘Burned Out‘ adds swirling string samples and gentle trip-hop style beats to his armoury, with an expansive atmosphere that develops his sound. It’s a song that was born out of the shared trauma of the last year.
Christy shares about the new single, “‘Burned Out’ is 2020 summed up into a song. There were times when I felt like I was finished with everything and really fed up. I felt very out of control, like so many of us did, so that’s what this song is for me. It’s about feeling helpless, frustrated, and ignored within a flawed system,“ he says. The pandemic and its effects have seen him move into a more political space. “I have evolved as a songwriter, and the situation has shaped the kind of songs I’m writing.”
With Christy’s huge debut EP ‘Homegrown’ in 2020; a suite of songs that mixed the vocal tenderness of Jeff Buckley or Chris Martin with the swirling musicality of Bon Iver. Though intensely personal, this is not simple, singer-songwriter territory: the effervescent O’Donnell counts Ray Charles, John Martyn, and Chet Baker as among his biggest musical influences.
Christy’s approach to lockdown was pragmatic, his music and creative pursuits providing a welcome distraction from seemingly endless monotony. “Music has something to do, something to focus on,” he explains, “it has felt like a new lease of life when there’s not much else going on – it’s kept me sane. But not being able to play live has been strange – that’s like breathing air to me and I miss the interaction with real people.”
To achieve such a feat is commendable at the best of times, but Christy managed to grasp success from the jaws of a pandemic stricken music industry, his songs striking a chord with audiences all around the world. “I didn’t know how the EP would be received, but to have that reception, I was really chuffed,” he says.