- 15 Mar 22
Aesthetically, Daire Heffernan's new video is influenced by dream-pop visuals from Cocteau Twins' 'Heaven or Las Vegas' to 'Shine' by Slowdive.
Rising talent Daire Heffernan has unveiled the moody video for her debut single 'Skeleton's, directed by Elton Mullally of Southpaw Pictures.
The company are known for filming the Choice Music Prize each year. The visuals also include lighting by Sofft Productions, who've worked on shoots for the likes of Villagers, Pillow Queens and many others.The track was initially released in February, featuring on Dan Hegarty's 'The Alternative' show on RTE 2fm.
At just 19, Heffernan started writing songs when her late father taught her to play the guitar at 11. Her influences are broad, ranging from dream pop staples such as Mazzy Star and Cocteau Twins to indie pop giants, from Wolf Alice and Phoebe Bridgers.
She describes the track as a coming-of-age song, dealing with familial difficulties and the tough lessons most of us are forced to learn as we delve deeper into adulthood.
"I wrote 'Skeletons' when I was 17, during a time in my life where I was struggling with the concept of growing up and accepting that everything isn't how it seemed as a child," Dare explains to Hot Press. "I think all families have secrets that we keep hidden from one another, or things that we discover as we get older; skeletons in the closet. I feel like the heaviness of the song along with its upbeat feel can represent that bittersweet feeling of adolescence - the excitement of growing up mixed with the sadness of leaving childhood innocence behind."
The video sees spliced videos of trains with Heffernan performing the song on guitar. Steeped in '90s and '00s nostalgia, the grainy images and broody soundscapes mimic the feeling of life's struggles becoming too overwhelming to deal with. Butterflies evoke the metaphor of innocence and childhood, offering a signal of comfort.
'Skeletons' was recorded and produced by former Spies bassist Hugh O’Dwyer, released on the Dublin based label Alternative Entertainments.
Check out the brand new video for 'Skeletons' below: