Colm Warren’s ‘Alright’ is a symphony of hope in the midst of despair

The inspiration for Alright saw a significant shift when Warren encountered the story of Geraldine Mullan, an Irish woman who turned her profound grief into an inspiring journey of hope
22 February 2024

The emotional depth and genuine warmth found in Colm Warren’s latest release, Alright, are rare in music tracks. With Alright, the former frontman of the Belfast punk quartet, The Twenty, Colm Warren, has once again stepped into the limelight. This time, he offers a song that serves as both a heartfelt embrace and a beacon of hope against life’s hardships.

Alright deeply explores loss, resilience, and enduring hope, even in the darkest moments. The track is accompanied by a beautifully poignant and visually stunning video, shot and directed by Tetsuhiko Endo.

The video features: Jade Silke Fetherston; Kaylyn Martin; Hannah Magee; Lou Morley; Noelle Clarke; and Réiltín Nic Eoin

Initially penned as a personal solace for a terminally ill relative, the track morphs into a universal message of comfort and understanding. The inspiration for Alright saw a significant shift when Warren encountered the story of Geraldine Mullan, an Irish woman who turned her profound grief into an inspiring journey of hope, as shared in the Ready To Be Real podcast hosted by Sile Seoige. Visiting Geraldine’s Sunflower Field of Hope project near the Derry-Donegal border, Warren found himself moved by the strength and courage displayed in the face of unbearable loss.

Recorded in Clara, Co. Offaly, with the astute production of Joe Egan, Alright is a meticulously crafted symphony. Warren’s distinctive vocals, known for their piercing clarity and emotional depth, navigate through the intricacies of the song’s narrative. The track is further enriched by the contributions of esteemed musicians such as John Byrne, Ronan Nolan, Carl Harvey, Maeve Smyth, Pete Wallace, and the ethereal sounds of the Bulgarian Symphonic Orchestra. The outcome is a commanding orchestral arrangement that perfectly aligns with the song’s intense lyrical themes, offering a deeply engaging experience that resonates emotionally with listeners.

After a time of contemplation and a notable break, Colm Warren’s  2020 comeback to the music world marked a shift towards exploring more somber and reflective themes. His transition from the vibrant intensity of punk rock to the more thoughtful and introspective nuances of his recent compositions indicates a significant transformation in his musical expression.

As Alright sets the stage, it heightens the anticipation for Warren’s much-anticipated first album, You Didn’t Write That, expected in the early part of 2024. 

In an era frequently marred by sorrow and despair, Alright by Colm Warren stands out as a gentle yet powerful testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit and the relentless nature of hope. ​This song aims to soothe, to forge connections, and to affirm that, ultimately, all will indeed be alright.

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