Scottish Singer-Songwriter Lorkin O'Reilly Releases Music Video for "Upon the Hammer"
Lorkin O’Reilly makes music that sounds like it’s come rolling in on winds over Scottish hills. There’s a distinct emotion that rests below each layer of his work, classic folk songs that feel much older than his young years.
Here’s what Griffin Davis, director of the video shoot, told The Music Mermaid about the result.
When I first heard the song I felt it was almost a ritualistic anthem. The mid tones of the song have an echoed and encompassing feel much like water. I knew our element had to be that of open ocean. I also felt that the song was a story of initiation of ones soul into something seldom explored consciously. Ultimately, I view the piece as ones need to explore the depths of life and death to truly accept and appreciate what it is we have been gifted.
Utterly haunting from the first funereal swell, “Upon The Hammer” moves as a dirge, complex layers of guitar strums rolling in Lorkin’s deft fingers as he sings line after poetic line hearkening to the old-school campfire folk songs — often less a song than a story. Lorkin’s voice is effortless. It makes no big movements, does not try to reach and rise to great heights, instead opting to drone a calm croon for the length of a track muddied by the years and years he hasn’t even lived.
The music video for “Upon The Hammer” is exactly as murky and misty as the song is. Lorkin is shrouded and smothered for half the video, awash in gilded reflection and deep shadow, every stunning scene a direct visual accompaniment to the creeping intensity of the song. Together, each component of “Upon The Hammer” helps to build a nearly cinematic experience for Lorkin’s dreamy dark-folk ballad.