Arklow songwriter and producer Seán Fox will release his new single, “Orchestra of Sound”, on Friday, April 22.
he 21-year-old has been writing since he was 10 and in 2015 his song Burning In Fire was chosen by Music Generation Wicklow to be recorded on The Lennon Bus during their visit to County Wicklow.
On his latest release, he plays all the pop/indie rock song instruments and he also produced and mixed the single in his own studio. To make this track even more Arklow, he recruited local graphic designer Daniel Byrne of Ember Design to create the album cover.
Explaining the theme of the single, Seán said: “This song is about the ups and downs involved in a relationship, it touches on topics like addiction and the impact on the people around you. I think that’s my best track to date and I can’t wait to see the reaction when it comes out.
In February, when opening a sold-out show for Aslan, Sean played “Orchestra of Sound” as part of his set and said the audience reaction was amazing.
“The song went exceptionally well, with audience members asking when it would be released throughout the evening,” he beamed. “I want to thank everyone for all the incredible support as well and over the years.”
Seán has backed Aslan many times, including a sold-out show at the National Opera, and when he’s not performing solo he fronts an indie rock band called The Decades.
In 2020 Seán and other musicians formed The Decades with the intention of touring Ireland and breaking into the Irish festival scene, but Covid prevented this.
In response, the indie rock band recorded “Electricity”, which Seán recorded and produced through his own Fox Sound Productions label. It was released on October 31 last year and went straight into Ireland’s overall iTunes chart at number one. At the end of the week, they were number 20 in Ireland’s official local crop chart.
It was only recently that The Decades played gigs at Whelans and Workmans in Dublin. Details of Sean’s upcoming shows can be found on social media or at seanfoxmusic.com.
The Arklow musicians already hit the charts this month when the Pillow Queens released their second album, ‘Leave the Light On’, on April 1 and debuted at number three on the Official Irish Albums Chart.
The album received positive reviews, with The Irish Times calling it “An Astounding Leap Forward” and The Guardian saying “it was steeped in hard-won wisdom and catharsis”.
On their Instagram account, the Pillow Queens said: “We have worked hard on this record and we are incredibly proud of it. A huge thank you to the PQ family who made this possible, we are eternally grateful.
Pillow Queen lead guitarist Cathy McGuinness is from Arklow.