A new single release from One Flew Over brings up a personal and honest approach that comes with a cinematic and vast pop soundscape that boasts character and soul which all get you wrapped up in everything very quickly.
"Rise" has such a memorable chorus to it and the progressions are so anthemic and impactful that it ends up sticking with you and sort of floating around in your head for hours after the song has ended.
This is the type of track that was built off of a real situation with emotional drive and it makes the song all the more authentic because for the artist it feels like it was cathartic in a way but for listeners, it's incredibly relatable so the character that's portrayed throughout the song is something that you get attached to.
The way the song plays out gives attention to the struggle of the situation but also to this light at the end of the tunnel and musically feels very inspirational and uplifting at those choruses so you still get this vibe where you know that things will end up okay in the end.
The track is basically about a bad relationship where things are incredibly uneven and how the one getting the short end of the stick and dealing with it for all this time realizes that it's about that time to get away.
As I said, it comes from someplace genuine and throughout all the attention to detail during this track, it never loses that character or that persona for one minute.
There is wonderful polish to the production of this track and all the intricacies woven together with such an almost Fantastical element to them that the song gets your blood pumping and can cause memories of your own to pop into your head at random.
I find this amazing because it takes a lot for a song to do those kinds of things a lot of the time.
The track has a massive tonality, and that emotional aspect adds to that atmosphere so well that all the elements together seem to complement each other naturally.
I adore this track because it brings together real-life elements to pristine pop music and gives it that emotion as well so that you can connect with all the aspects of it.
It was certainly a powerful song that for certain people can give them strength or at least let them understand they're not alone and that in itself is a gift.
With the release of such an impactful single, we wanted to have a sit-down with One Flew Over to find out where this actually came from and what might be coming up next for the project.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "Rise"! This track had a cinematic and even orchestral feel, and it was packed with emotional drive! How did this release come about?
Irene came to me (Martin) with the chorus melody and lyric one day. It came to her while driving and she had sung it into a phone note. I knew it was a catchy chorus line when I heard it and it made me think about driving away from a situation really fast. I did a rough demo of what it was and it became apparent it would have a dancey constant kick drum nature. We continued chipping and working on verse lines and at some point it became apparent it needed a middle 8. The way Rise sounds took a lot of work to arrive at that point. We knew we didnt want it to be a flat out dance song so we had to find ways of holding it back and to make it build. I was keen in the production to keep influences of alternative blues and rock.
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as a band?
We have known each other for years and been in different music projects in various capacities through the years. Irene had always written songs, but we hadn't had the opportunity to form a band around it and give them a proper focus. It took some early songs that wandered in style and some forming to get to the point where we wanted to start releasing the music and building the project. Covid lockdowns in the end gave us some much-needed time to dedicate to working on the music and we emerged from the pandemic ready to move forward.
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
Most of the lyrical content is personal to Irene - something I'm seeing, exploring or processing. The songs are always personal. In this way it can be scary to show them to the world but ultimately, I feel there are people who may listen who connect with the lyric like I have done with songs from other artists. Songs can fix you connect emotions. In terms of production, we are often looking for metaphor that reflects the lyric or theme of the track. We like the idea of soundscapes and stylization of the sound and that is often inspired by the likes of Radiohead.
Buzz Slayers: This release has some great approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
Tom Waits, Tony Bennet, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Killers, U2, Sarah MacLachlain, The Beatles, Queen & The Beastie Boys, Hozier -
Buzz Slayers: What are all you doing when you're NOT working on music?
Martin Quinn is Music Producer and owner of professional recording studio JAM studios at Kells, Co. Meath Ireland (www.jamstudios.ie). Day to day I am producing and recording music for other artists.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
Foy Vance, Hozier, Tom Waits, Jill Andrews, Jack White
Buzz Slayers: Are you all doing any live performances right now?
We have a show coming up in Kells, co. Meath, Ireland on Feb 23rd!
Buzz Slayers: Do you record these at a big studio, or do you have a home studio set-up?
Because one half of the duo is Martin Quinn, he owns the commercial recording studio www.jamstudios.ie and yes all of our music is recorded there and produced between us. Martin mixed and mastered the tracks as well as undertaking a Dolby Atmos (Apple Spatial Audio) version of Rise which is available on Apple music.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
We have a cache of material in various stages of completion, and we will likely release some more singles in 2024 and build towards an album. We hope to bring the music to some bigger stages and love our fans to come on the journey.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
We are thrilled that you have connected with the songs and hope you will keep following the journey and listening to the tracks as we release them. Hope to see you had a show soon.