NPR WORLD CAFÉ NEXT FEATURES DECLAN O'ROURKE AS ACCLAIM MOUNTS FROM USA TODAY & SPIN
TRAVEL + LEISURE PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO "TIME MACHINE" FILMED IN RURAL IRELAND
Declan O'Rourke – who made his US debut with the stunning new album 'Mag
Pai Zai' (Rimecoat / Missing Piece) – was last week's featured Next
artist on NPR World Café.
World Café host David Dye says, "It is definitely time for this music to
cross the ocean... O'Rourke has a penchant for writing about love and
history with equal amounts of ease and gravity."
Today, Travel + Leisure premiered the new video for "Time Machine,"
gorgeously filmed in rural Ireland and featuring O'Rourke's nephews as
stand-ins for his younger self. In the piece, he talks about how a
priest gifted him his first guitar in Melbourne, Australia.
Other acclaim has come in from a variety of critics, including USA
Today, in which he was featured on a Playlist alongside major stars like
Neko Case, Nine Inch Nails, Lorde, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, and Nirvana.
Acclaim for 'Mag Pai Zai'
"Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality, and a sense of history run
through the songs of Declan O'Rourke… his calling is as a balladeer,
proffering reassurance in the face of inevitable sorrow." – Jon Pareles,
"Declan O'Rourke is long overdue for a stateside breakthrough." – Luke McCormick, SPIN
"The Irish balladeer's storytelling skills shine." – Edna Gundersen, USA Today,
"Warm, enveloping voice." – Eric Danton, Wall Street Journal
"Classic crooing sound." – Nate Storey, Travel + Leisure
"Greatness... A listen to a song like 'Time Machine,' 'Caterpillar DNA'
or 'Langley's Requiem' is to feel a biting wind blow right through you,
and have you reaching for the first warmth available. Heaviness has
never had a better home."– Bill Bentley, Morton Report
"Be warned: O’Rourke isn’t just another balladeer with an acoustic
guitar. His voice, lyrics and arrangements have distinct impact." –
Chuck Campbell, Knoxville News-Sentinel