FIRST: Ross, artist from Kildare. A candid video for “Flowing to You, Flowing Through”
The Irish musician has developed his reputation as a respected songwriter through extensive radio coverage, television appearances and his presence on the live stage and festival circuit.
Kildare Ross singer-songwriter. A (formerly Ross Breen) shares the video for his new single this week, titled “Flowing To You, Flowing Through” and featured below by Hot Press.
A reflective track with a decidedly alt-indie folk slant; the song’s arrangement is deceptively simple at first, before taking off to explore new territory halfway through. It’s richly enhanced by ethereal synths and a lush string section, with Ross’ raw vocals reminiscent of Villagers, David Bowie and Father John Misty.
The beautiful song fueled by love is serious, nostalgic and ethereal in its narration. “My love for you, flowing to you, flowing through,he croons as the strings lift the atmosphere.
“After I’m gone / After the sun / Endlessly transcending me / It’s not fleeting, nor temporary / The only thing I know”, he adds his infinite and pure love for his profession.
The cinematic music video, edited in black and white, shows the band and Ross A. recording the new single at a studio in Wexford.
Produced with Gavin Glass (David Keenan, Paul Brady, Mundy, Jerry Fish) at Orphan Recording studio, the song expands on the easy-sounding pattern of Ross’ previous single, “Some Other Time, Maybe.” A sumptuous string quartet arrangement was added by Cormac Curran (Villagers, Hozier, John Grant, Lisa Hannigan).
The track’s influences range from Bowie, Beck and Wilco to Bill Callahan and Father John Misty. Ross A. explains how “Flowing to You, Flowing Through” came to fruition:
“This song is part of a collection developed during lockdown, a quiet two years for the artist community. Its first draft was actually shared in a WhatsApp group with music buddies where we were sending each other performances back and forth. in the absence of live sessions. I finally brought it to the studio when normal service resumed. It was recorded with a live band at Orphan Recording in Wexford, where we also brought in a string quartet, who raised beautifully.
“Flowing To You, Flowing Through is about the nature of being an artist and why I do it,” adds the musician. “The songs that mean the most to me are the ones that I feel I’ll be happy to leave behind. This is one. Although the lyrics are exploratory, its theme of valuing the permanence of love through above all, is simple.
In terms of sound, records like Neil Young To harvestby Bob Dylan John Wesley Smith and John Lennon Plastic Ono Band were all on Ross A.’s mind while writing the track.
“So much is brought to a song with a good band just playing at its heart. A Bowie-esque element was also noted, especially as the song becomes less grounded halfway through, evolving into something more heavenly. There are a lot of foreign elements, oppressive noise in life, digital and otherwise, and the common feeling of being too busy. Writing this was like creating a breath of modernity for myself” .
“FTYFT” acts as a natural successor to the dreamy “Some Other Time, Maybe,” a track that referenced artists like Serge Gainsbourg, Air, John Grant and Villagers alongside lyrical nods to Leonard Cohen, George Jones , Patsy Cline and Bob Dylan.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, producer and voice-over artist Ross A. has been honored with the 2022 Agility Award. “Flowing To You, Flowing Through” is his first release from a collection of works funded in part by the Arts Council Fellowship enabling artists and arts workers to develop their skills and practices.
Ross A. debuts “Flowing to You, Flowing Through” at The Workman’s Cellar on August 25th. get your tickets here for the event.
Check out the black and white video below.