Dublin-based singer Blood Donor has followed up the release of his kaleidoscopic debut single Bienvenue with new track Under the Sun, an understated electronic bop for a laidback dancefloor complete with strobing synths and twinkling electric pianos.
The cheery instrumentation, however, belies the sentimentality of the lyric in which Blood Donor examines his personal identity in the wake of significant life changes.
''Under the Sun is a song about irrelevance and the fear of it; the fear that the glory days - your days under the sun - are behind you," he says.
"I suppose I had tied some of my identity up in my previous band and when it finished I felt like a dog without a bone. There was still a lot I wanted to do in music but I felt as though my time was up; ‘thank you very much, next please' and all that.
"I had wanted for so long to be a musician and it was slipping away from me. That said, I’ve been very fortunate in life and there are people with much bigger problems in this world. This is spilled milk.’
Tell us three things about yourself?
I'm a musician from Meath, living in Dublin. I used to be in a rock band called Otherkin and my new solo pop project is called Blood Donor.
How would you describe your music?
At its root, it's pop music, but I try to cover those tracks somewhat by introducing some leftfield elements; samples, chopped up loops, sound effects etc. I want people to be hooked in with the melodies but also to be left guessing as to what's around the next corner.
Who are your musical inspirations?
The main inspirations for my new stuff are Jai Paul and Kate Bush. Even though it's been almost 10 years since Jai Paul's seminal album of demos leaked, he still sounds like the future of pop music and I look to Kate for her fearless creativity mixed with her unmatched ear for pure melody.
How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I spent a lot of time recording and mixing music, which was pretty much exactly what I was doing before lockdown too! I'm currently reading an excellent book on the potential of psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin on conditions like anxiety, PTSD, alcoholism, etc. It's a fascinating book called How to Change Your Mind.
What’s your favourite song right now?
September Gurls by Big Star. Irrepressible power-pop beamed straight from 1974 that sounds as fresh as it ever did. Teenage dream lightning in a bottle.
Favourite lyric of all time?
I've always had a soft spot for John Lennon's 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans' from his exquisite solo single Beautiful Boy.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
My answer on this would probably change day to day but at the minute I'm leaning towards Nikes by Frank Ocean. That song has everything; a powerful lyric, an indelible melody and Frank's full range as a vocalist strewn over a bed of forward-thinking production. It's a classic.