- 18 Jan 21
Duggan's music combines folk and indie with electronic elements, complete with clever lyricism and thoughtful songwriting inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Joni Mitchell.
Waterford singer-songwriter Mark Duggan has released a brand new single today, titled 'Lullaby (I’ll Be There)'.
The current Hot Press Track of the Day features a nostalgic ballad sound, complete with heartfelt guitars and sincere lyrics from the musician. Layered guitars, synths, and ambient tones add to the late-night, dream-like vibe.
Duggan describes the song as an attempt at a mid-to-late '70s Bowie song, especially some of the Berlin Trilogy tracks - 1977's Low and Heroes, 1979's Lodger.
The song came about from playing along to an old drum loop until Mark came upon a particular guitar tone with a simple descending chord progression where the notes seemed to hang in the air.
“The song is about the narrator trying to provide comfort to someone who can't sleep at night," Mark says of 'Lullaby (I'll Be There)'.
"The narrator can’t guarantee that they’ll be able to make it better, but they promise to be there the whole night until morning. The title was chosen because - though the lullaby may not work - it’s backed up by the promise of just simply being there with them.
“I didn’t want to make it entirely clear what is keeping the person awake so that listeners can apply their own reasons for sleeplessness.”
Harmonies and hazy slide guitar create an emotional release, with all of the tracks increasing in feedback. Mark wanted this to sound like a sunrise; a last-minute moment of comfort and the sound of morning coming. The song was written and recorded by Mark in his home studio.
Listen to the dreamy 'Lullaby (I'll Be There)' below: