RONAN CONROY – THE SLOW DEATH OF THE LOVEMYTH
A SPILL EXCLUSIVE ALBUM PREMIERE
Today we have the pleasure of presenting the new album from Irish artist Ronan Conroy, who relocated to New York City a good number of years ago and has since become entwined in the megapolis’ busy and bustling music community through myriad projects. While he has also continued to release his own music as a solo artist over the years, this new album sees him embark on a new dark and lush musical trajectory.
There’s a lot to be said for music that takes you to an introspective place and when that music is dark but still leaves you feeling good after listening, additional kudos should be given to the artists. Such is the case with the new album from Ronan Conroy. Titled The Slow Death of the LoveMyth, this collection of tracks involves a hugely creative team of folks – indeed a wise decision, making for some impressive output. Each of them make a notable contribution – this album holds together very well as a result.
Since 2013, Conroy has immersed himself in this ‘Lovemyth’ project, this work culminating this album, influenced by the 80s/90s goth bands he grew up listening to, as well as ethereal darkwave bands he would be introduced to later.
Produced, engineered and mastered by iconic Brooklyn-based musical authority Charlie Nieland (famed for his work with Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, Blondie and Scissors Sisters), this record also involves vocalists Julie Dicterow (Oh Halo), Shannon Brown and Susan Hwang (Lusterlit), as well as drummer by Justin Wierbonski (a.k.a. Demonic Sweaters). Further, French NYC-based artist Hypnodoll has created two intriguing videos to accompany the lead tracks.
This album reveals Conroy’s post-punk alter-ego, soaked in dark pop and dream wave richness, and drawing on ethereal and goth rock classics. While select tracks on this album are crowned with ethereal female vocals, Conroy also sings on this and two other tracks on this album.
Growing up in a musical family in Dublin, Conroy was exposed to an array of musical influences, ranging from new wave and post-punk to David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Abba. His world changed at 15 when his mother loaned him her nylon string guitar and taught him a few chords, instantaneously unlocking a whole new world of songwriting. Years later, he would release two albums with Brooklyn’s The Listeners and go on to perform with gothic dreampop band Oh Halo on guitar and backing vocals from 2011 to 2014, during which time he released one album with them.
The full album will be available digitally via Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, where the full album can already be ordered at https://ronanconroy.bandcamp.com/album/the-slow-death-of-the-lovemyth
Written by Ronan Conroy, except ‘Dark Paradise’ by Elizabeth Grant and Rick Nowels
Ronan Conroy – lead and rhythm guitar on all tracks, and vocals on ‘This Dream’, ‘Born in Conflict’ and ‘Dark Paradise’
Charlie Nieland – bass, synths, piano, drums, and backing guitar
Justin Wierbonski – drums
Julie Dicterow – vocals on ‘Double Helix’
Shannon Brown – vocals on ‘Passenger’ and ‘Nightland’
Susan Hwang – vocals on ‘Love Myth’ and ‘Demon’
Publisher: Rip My Heart Out And Eat It Music (ASCAP 4499980)
Produced, engineered and mastered by Charlie Nieland at Capture Sound Studios, Brooklyn
Album cover and artist photos by Shannon Brown
Videos by Hypnodoll
Also enjoy the two aforementioned HYPNODOLL videos in support of this album:
The Slow Death Of The LoveMyth
Release Date: October 21, 2022