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January 9th, 2023

Aoife O’Donovan Premieres New Cover of Bill Callahan’s “Drover” + Releases New Video for “Age of Apathy”


Today, Aoife O’Donovan announces The Apathy Sessions, a deluxe edition of her multiple GRAMMY-nominated 2022 album Age Of Apathy. Accompanying the announcement is the “Age Of Apathy” video, directed by Omar Cruz:

Aoife also shared a brand new cover version of the Bill Callahan song “Drover.” It’s another classic Aoife interpretation that showcases a distinctive vocal performance and a subtle, sophisticated arrangement that features Aoife performing every instrument on the track. Listen to “Drover” here.

Aoife wrote about covering the song: 

“In 2011, Bill Callahan released Apocalypse, a collection of seven perfectly crafted songs. As a longtime fan of his music, released both under his own name and as SMOG, I was immediately smitten with the record. There was something about the solitude in his voice that gripped me. 

I’m an obsessive listener. I once spent the entire 4 hour drive from Boston to New York, listening to “One Fine Morning” on repeat. I bought a ticket to his show at Lincoln Center and went by myself — I didn’t want to sully my experience with any social obligation whatsoever. Pure music.

While holed up in the studio in 2021 after we had just finished mixing Age of Apathy, I came up with my own arrangement of “Drover,” the lead track on Apocalypse. I play every instrument — guitars, keys, bass — and sing all of the vocals. I had so much fun recording this song and hope you enjoy listening to it.”

Recorded through a unique residency with Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, O’Donovan wrote and recorded Age Of Apathy on-site at their studio with GRAMMY-nominated engineer Darren Schneider while collaborating entirely remotely with producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens). Age Of Apathy is now nominated for the Best Folk Album GRAMMY as well as Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song, both of those for “Prodigal Daughter” featuring Allison Russell. Listen to Age Of Apathy here.

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