FM PREMIERE: David San Clair’s ‘Juni’ is filled with a bright and surprising sound

"Juni is a song I wrote about a future daughter. It is somewhat a time-capsule song, something I will show Juni in about 10-20 years time"
20 October 2023

David San Clair, a singer-songwriter from Drogheda, Ireland, is a rare jewel that once in a blue moon graces the ears of music enthusiasts. His 12th release, Juni, works as a sonic narrative that is bright and surprising, exploring love, trust, and familial bonds.

The ethereal and dream-like ascending instrumental melody that kicks off Juni quickly morphs into a rich and powerful Indie-style ensemble, showcasing San Clair‘s distinctive lyricism and commanding voice. The song, a fictional ode to the love and connection between a father and his future daughter, cleverly symbolizes Juni as a doll navigating through life under the care and nurture of her guardian. San Clair envisions Juni as a time-capsule song, a piece that will remain ahead of its time even a decade or two from now.

San Clair reveals: Juni is a song I wrote about a future daughter. It is somewhat a time-capsule song, something I will show Juni in about 10-20 years time. When writing this piece, I related most the subject matter to the upbringing I had growing up, how protected I was, especially from my mother. I see a lot of myself in Juni, a kid who saw the world as beautiful as it can be and even more. For me to give this song to my future daughter, it gives me strength in the fact that I can care and nurture her the same way I was cared for.”

Influenced by a broad spectrum of musical genres, spanning folk and rock to indie, bluegrass, country, and pop, San Clair rejects the constraints of a singular musical category. Despite his youthful age of 24, he has already solidified his position as a seasoned storyteller, articulating a nuanced comprehension of themes such as love, life, adversity, and resilience.

In a recent interview, San Clair revealed, “The first ever record I listened to on repeat was Jake Bugg’s self-titled album. The blend of folk and orchestral arrangements inspired me so much to now write my music by fusing together multiple genres. I’m also heavily inspired by Alex G, Shakey Graves and Fleetwood Mac.​” 

Hailing from Monasterboice near Drogheda, San Clair has been captivating audiences in Ireland since the age of 16. His musical journey has recently expanded to places like Lake Como and Berlin, where he engaged in songwriting sessions and intimate performances, broadening his artistic horizons.

The latest single, Juni, is not only a testament to San Clair’s growth as an artist but also a collaborative effort with a talented ensemble of Irish musicians, including Camryn Teehan, Josh Hackett, Dara Abdurahman, Louis Younge, Edelian Geber, and Katie Phelan on vocals. Recorded and produced by Daniel de Burca in JeJune Studios in Drogheda, Juni was mixed by Alex Borwick and mastered by Simon Francis.

As David San Clair embarks on a series of live shows in County Louth, including performances at Dublin’s Whelans in November and Navan in County Meath, it becomes evident that this young artist is poised to captivate audiences far beyond the shores of Ireland.