Essex singer-songwriter Declan J Donovan has this week released a repackaged version of his ‘Homesick’ EP, out now on Polydor Records. The EP includes his breakout song ‘Vienna’ along with two brand new tracks – ‘I’ll Be There Love’ and ‘Anymore’ – added to the original five-track set. The eponymous lead single ‘Homesick’, released late last year, is a stirring folk singalong powered by Donovan’s soulful croon and imbued with what is fast becoming his trademark way with a masterful melody. It’s a song about missing your loved ones. “Whenever I go on tour the thing I always miss most is my family and friends,”he says. In 2018, he was one of the only unsigned acts to play BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend, appearing on the bill alongside Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith and more.
Speaking about the EP, Donovan reveals, “This EP is a collection of songs that are very personal to me. One thing I pride myself on in my songwriting is the honesty in the lyrics. A few of the songs have been hard for me to release, like Pieces and Father’s Son, as they’re topics that I’ve always found hard to talk about like mental health and growing up without a dad in my life.”
Having just finished a run of shows with Tom Walker at the end of last year, Donovan will soon embark on a UK headline tour in March ahead of a run of performances at SXSW.
‘Homesick’ EP tracklisting:
4. I Wish
5. Father’s Son
7. I’ll Be There Love
Declan J Donovan UK live dates:
4th March - Dingwalls, London
5th March - The Louisiana, Bristol
7th March - The Poetry Club, Glasgow
8th March - Oporto, Leeds
9th March - Hare & Hounds 2, Birmingham
10th March - The Latest Music Bar, Brighton
12th March - Gullivers, Manchester