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Review: "Read Your Mind" - Cian O'Donoghue

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Cian O'Donoghue describes his latest track, Read Your Mind, as being inspired by "the early stages of dating someone, where the person in question is sending you mixed signals and you don't know where you stand". As the story goes, O'Donoghue drew inspiration for the song from his own dating life after, unfortunately, getting ghosted by a girl he had recently been seeing (keep your head up, king) – taking the opportunity to turn his personal experience into a fun and catchy song that any hopeless romantic out there could connect with. Cian wears his heart on his sleeve as he sings "Are you thinking about me all night all day, Are you hoping that I leave or I stay" – painting the picture of a lover caught in limbo over where he stands with his partner and whether or not his affection is actually being reciprocated. Read Your Mind is an optimist's take on lost love and the perfect song for helping you get over that frosty summer fling who left you on read when you wish they hadn't.

From a production standpoint, Read Your Mind is pure, unsaturated, high-quality pop music to the core – with the exception of its refreshingly downtempo format, which stands as a noble outlier amongst a modern pop scene flooded with upbeat minutiae. Cian's vocals are eerily reminiscent of Gavin Degraw and remain lively throughout the entirety of the track, maintaining a high energy and demand for attention during each section of the tune. During the chorus, O'Donoghue's vocal cadence artfully mirrors the rhythm of the track's instrumentation, while reverb on the backing vocals creates distance within the mix and adds atmosphere. Read Your Mind is an authentically effervescent song that deserves to be added to your "Break Up Playlist" on Spotify for the summer of 2024.

A native son of Ireland, 23-year-old Cian O'Donoghue is an indie pop singer-songwriter and producer taking the Western World by storm with his charmingly authentic sound. His brand of music has been described by contemporaries as funk pop inspired by 2000s era lo-fi sounds, but with a modern twist, and his style is akin to "Ed Sheeran, The Neighbourhood, and Charlie Puth". With his latest release, O'Donoghue is now up to seven singles in his discography and the young talent is showing no signs of slowing down. With four more singles set to be released and a bevy of live shows on the docket, it already looks like 2024 is going to be a big year for Cian – Slainte, brother.

Written By Dan Caddigan


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