Whimsical singer-songwriter Colleen O’Connell is returning to the forefront of the Sydney music scene with her new folk-pop infused 13-track album Sorrow, Longing and a Garden that Grows.
Recorded and arranged over the last year with deftness by local Sydney producer Michael Carpenter, the titles hints at the vulnerability and beauty expressed within the record. O’Connell has a sweet and expressive voice and brings freshness in her second solo album. From the bouncy Make Amends to the hauntingly beautiful melody of Boarding House, Sorrow, Longing and a Garden that Grows is an elegant treat.
With lyrics as the focus of O’Connell’s tunes, she carries on the folk tradition, whilst also striking a rare balance between fragility and full-blown possession in her delivery. Her performances are honest as they are captivating.
“The opening moments of Colleen O’Connell’s Burnt set the scene for a beautifully crafted journey, punctuated by honest and poignant lyrics. The captivating simplicity of the opening lyric against a sparse piano accompaniment provides all the opportunity for the song to grow and build, one that O’Connell and her production team did not let slip by... Her vocal delivery is charming. Her beautiful tone combined with the moments her Australian accent creeps in makes the delivery seem at once polished, sensitive and natural.”
Laura Mulcahy – I Heart Songwriting Club