- 18 Jan 23
The video for Abe Soare's new single 'Oasis' was directed by Brian O'Keefe.
Limerick singer-songwriter Abe Soare has unveiled the video for their rock-inflected new track 'Oasis', premiered below by Hot Press.
Opening with a stunning landscape view, Abe enters the screen carrying a shovel as they search for their place of solace around fields, beaches and forests. As the video progresses, Soare is trapped inside a cardboard box surrounded by pages, before they pick up their guitar and blast their way out.
Later finding a treasure box after crossing every spot in Ireland of their map, the metaphor for finding peace is embodied by the quest for a physical space of joy and comfort.
Overall, the 23-year-old's new single is about pain and isolation - something we can all relate to. With husky vocals, a booming pop chorus and rock edges, 'Oasis' is as addictive as it is meaningful.
‘Oasis’ was written during a difficult time in Abe’s life. Struggling with depression, identity confusion, and low self-esteem - with little hope of end in sight - Soare's ‘Oasis’ was imagined. The creation of Abe's happy place gave relief and peace in a troubled time. At the centre, the song is about searching for light in darkness, seeking guidance from a "North Star" but ultimately accepting that we are the only ones that can help ourselves: "Been a cold, dark night in the desert storm / we're all weary ones 'til we know we're strong."
"The feeling of frustration; upset, loneliness is translated in the video as roaming all over Ireland in search of some magic cure or relief," Abe tells Hot Press of the track's origins. "When writing the song the image of an 'Oasis' rang true to the constant search of peace in a troubled time. The director Brian O'Keefe has amazing story telling skills and a keen eye for striking imagery. I honestly couldn't be happier with the video if I tried."
“I hope 'Oasis' reaches someone else who feels lost and reminds them that it is ok not to have all the answers," they add. "To remind them they are doing their best and that they are stronger than they ever thought they could be.”
Inspired by Wallis Bird and Emma Langford, Abe won the Live 95fm Local Hero award 2021 and was shortlisted to one of the 25 acts around the country. ‘Oasis’ marks the first in the beginning of a series of exciting new releases in 2023.
Mixing and production for the song came from Ben Wanders, with mastering by Richard Dowling. The production co-ordinator was Barry Coffey, and set design for the video was created by James O'Keefe.
Following the remarkable success of Three Ireland's City Stages launch event back in November, the initiative returned to Limerick last Saturday, with Aby Soare also taking part. Fellow up-and-coming acts included Uisce Jones, Reylta, Dáwna and Smith OJ.
Check out the new video for 'Oasis' below.