- 13 Jul 21
Brendan McGlynn (AKA Aonair) will follow up his 'Surf’s Up' EP with his sophomore effort later in the year.
Irish multi-instrumentalist Aonair has dropped the throwback video for his latest single ‘Your Man’ - taken from his upcoming EP, Loveheart Birthmark.
‘Your Man’ is a spacey, psychedelic ode to '80s synth pop and is based around the subject matters of desire and possession.
“This is a song about desire, a desire to be with someone, to have them in your life but also a desire to be a catalyst for growth and respect - and there is nothing more sexy than that,” Aonair says about the track in a new press release.
"In a time when males dominated the music industry and sexism and discrimination was huge within the arts. I wanted to write a modern day version of that, spreading the same message that desire and control are massively different things,” the rising musician added.
Aonair appropriates the phrase ‘Your Man’, one that is traditionally symbolising ownership or control, and in a world and industry where sexism is still a monumental issue. The track aims to reclaim ownership over harmful phrases and create positive change.
'Your Man' was inspired by '70s disco band LAX and their track ‘All My Love,’ which was released back in 1975. Brimming with shimmering sonic landscapes and a rich and full production, Aonair's DIY-esque visuals were created using digital and analogue cameras. This slice of synth-pop heaven is brought to life as a visual representation, taking a closer look at the outdated traditions seen in relationships.
Speaking about the video, Aonair tells Hot Press, "Buying flowers, jewellery and even marriage were things that people felt like they must do to have a healthy and happy relationship. Nowadays I feel like it’s more of a choice between those individuals how they choose to express their love and how they want to define themselves, without the pressure to conform to any traditions."
Aonair’s sound combines lush electronic production with dreamy reverbs, huge drum sounds and soaring vocal melodies to create a dreamy but powerful sound. His influences include the likes of The War On Drugs, Conan Mockasin, Julie Cruise and Sam Evian.
During the COVID pandemic, the artist began working on a collection of songs between studios in Dublin and his grandparents house in the seaside Donegal village of Rathmullen, using his grandfather's homemade ironing boards as keyboard stands and his grandmother's old knitted blankets for soundproofing.
Aonair's forthcoming EP is the former Raglans collaborator’s answer to the post-punk movement.
“The initial concept for the EP was to create something flashy, extravagant and glamorous - the antithesis to the post-punk movement. I want to make something deeply uncool, wear my heart on my sleeve and make people want to dance. I wanted Loveheart Birthmark to sound like an old tape you might find in your parents attic, from a forgotten 80s band.
A live show in Dublin venue Button Factory on July 28th is slated to go ahead after an appearance at Stendhal's live festival last weekend.
Check out the vibrant video for 'Your Man' below: