PREMIERE: Fionn Regan Channels Summer Nights on “Riverside Heights”

Before its release tomorrow, the Irish songwriter shares the second single from Cala.

“The song comes first,” Fionn Regan has said of his songwriting process, “then the sonic palate, then the words give a sense of place, or landscape.” Referring to his latest full-length, Cala, the words of the Irish musician couldn’t be more apt in describing the spacious folk of the album’s second single, “Riverside Heights,” which he’s sharing today as a lyric video.

Over sparse Spanish guitar, Regan’s voice gently sets the scene of a warm summer night. With hardly more than backing harmonies and twinkling keys gracing each chorus, the song is quite peaceful, and at two-and-a-half minutes it’s over before you know it.

“This song has an atmosphere of a summer night and has somewhat of a dreamlike quality,” confirms Regan. “I have no idea how songs arrive, they just somehow do. I wrote it really fast when I was in Majorca. It also is performed on a Spanish guitar which is featured in a lot of my songs.”

Cala is out tomorrow, August 9, via Abbey Records. You can pre-order it here.


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