As someone who has been a big fan of Owen Denvir for a couple of years now, I was beyond excited when I heard that the final EP ‘Bones’ from his trilogy of Ep’s was being released on the 7th of May. Being a supporter of Owen and being given the opportunity to review this EP, I had the fear in the back of my head that the EP (or all three combined to make an album!) wouldn’t live up to my expectations because one thing I’ve always promised myself was that I’d be completely honest with reviews. Thankfully, it did!
Owen Denvir is a Northern Irish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s music can only be described as a blend of Indie, Alternative, Folk and Pop genres, depending on the song you’re listening to! It’s hard to pinpoint his exact genre but I think that’s one of the things that makes Owen’s music so special. Owen has previously released a number of EP’s, however the last two that have been released (Sticks in 2019 and Stones in 2020) combine with this EP, ‘Bones’, to make a trilogy!
‘Bones’ is comprised of four songs, each very different from the other. Speaking about the album as a whole, Owen says…”The album and EP trilogy idea is based on Sigmund Freud’s theory that personality is a sum of 3 parts: the Id (acting on raw impulse), the Ego (being terrified of consequences) and the Superego (the balance between the two).The first EP (“Sticks”) deals with loss and delusion and the impulsive decisions we make while in the spell of ‘love’. The second (“Stones”) being a more confident but brash take on love, and finally the last EP (“Bones”) is when you have the balance between the two, which mostly leads to more healthy relationships.”
The first song, ‘Loud & Clear’ is the perfect way to open the EP and is by far my favourite of the four offerings! Your typical love song, ‘Loud and Clear’ is a catchy indie pop song that you will struggle to get out of your head. This track begins with what we’re all used to – Owen and his guitar before breaking into an infectious chorus! Lyrics such as “‘Cos it’s as easy not to say a thing, Than to tell you I’m in love with you, I’m not the best at getting feelings out, But I need you now” demonstrate Owen’s ability to write what is not only a sweet love song, but make it relatable for anyone who’s listening too! Hidden in the up-tempo beat and charming lyrics is Owen’s self professed introverted nature, as he tells us “But I leave it ’til your sleep sets in, Still holding onto this pretence, That I’m not in love, When I’m in love“.
Up next on the EP is the simply named ‘Summer’, which sounds just as warm as it’s namesake! In this track, Owen reminisces on his younger years, and the mischief he’d get up to with his friend. Despite the feel-good sound of this song, it’s tinged with sadness as he confesses “Those days, I retrace, We never knew they’d be the best we’d ever have, And right now, I look back, And wonder if we’ll ever feel like that again“. A regular realization in adulthood of how easy and carefree life was when you were a child, and the want to go back and relive that feeling all over again. ‘Summer’ is a heartwarming tale of a simpler life.
The third song, ‘My World’ is a 180* to ‘Loud and Clear’ and despite following in the footsteps of Owen’s usual melodic offerings, it brings a dark cloud with it. ‘My World’ holds a lot less hope to it than the overall sound of it suggests, as Owen recounts the pain associated with a breakup. Regardless of the anguish evident in the lyrics of this song, it’s one of my personal favourites, as it’s a side to Owen I’m not used to seeing/hearing. Ever the optimist, he dissipates the aforementioned dark cloud with the age old saying that “It’s better to have loved and lost than to never know your life.“
Finally, to wrap up an amazing EP, we have ‘The Lighthouse’. Once again, this song is massively different to the other three. One of the only (if not the only) song I’ve ever heard from Owen that doesn’t rhyme, I was instantly drawn in. The lyrics tell us a story – a story which goes through an entire lifecycle of the protagonist who has his life together with a wife, children and a new place to call home, before realising it’s all a complete delusion. Lyrics such as “And he saw years floating past him in a glimpse, And every one was even sweeter than the last, Turned to his lover and said “I love you so”, And she turned back to him and opened up to talk” are a stark contrast to the lyrics of the final verse it leads into. “And he awoke to find that he was on his own, And he was nothing without anyone, His little head he sank into his little hands, And he said “Why oh tell me why am I alone”.
”Bones’ is the perfect conclusion to the two previous EP’s. Owen has a natural ability to translate emotions into songs, all while keeping them entirely relatable. I’m so excited to see what comes next from the Northern Irish artist!
Owen’s brand new EP, ‘Bones’ is out now! You can check the compilation of EP’s out here.