Acclaimed singer/songwriter Dermot Kennedy has shared his new single and video, “Kiss Me” out today on Island Records/Interscope/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. “Kiss Me” is the latest track to be unveiled ahead of Dermot’s anticipated forthcoming new album, Sonder, out November 4th.
“Kiss Me” is Dermot at his pop-finest. A master storyteller, he marries poignant lyrics about love’s intensity with an infectious, hook-laden melody that immediately draws the listener in. The duality of the song’s more serious narrative alongside the upbeat track makes for a surprising and deeply satisfying listen and displays his penchant to craft an unforgettable pop song. Co-written by Dermot, Dan Smith (Bastille), KOZ (Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa) and Steve Mac (Pink, Ed Sheeran), “Kiss Me” was also co-produced by Mac and KOZ.
The music video for “Kiss Me” was directed by ABCDCD (Franz Ferdinand, Sparks) and depicts an epic journey of a couple set against bold, cinematic images. Dermot and his love interest are seen in an intimate moment driving on the back of a pick-up truck. As the video unfolds, pieces of the truck disintegrate around them, yet they never stop moving forward.
Dermot comments, “the message behind both the video and song of ‘Kiss Me’ is that love is worth it…Even when things are falling apart and life feels short and there’s chaos all around us, there’s still always something to hold on to.”
A dynamic and powerful live performer, Dermot will headline his biggest festival yet this weekend at Ireland’s Electric Picnic, alongside headliners Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys. Playing to a crowd of over 80,000 people, Dermot is also simultaneously busking across the world with his own branded “Sonder Street Sessions.” Revisiting where he got his start, he’s busking for fans in unexpected places with each stop serving as a fundraiser for local charity. Cities visited thus far include Mexico City, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, with money raised for the Shawn Mendes Foundation, The People’s Music School (Chicago), The Unison Fund (Toronto) and more.
Dermot will also return to the US to headline a special show at The Greek Theatre in Berkley, CA on September 16th, and appear at festivals including Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas on September 18 and Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA on October 2nd.
The forthcoming new album is an exciting new chapter for the global star. Sonder is summarized as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own,” a term that has resonated deeply with Kennedy. More highlights from the album include the lead single “Something to Someone” which has topped over 20 million streams and is currently charting at both Triple A and Hot AC Radio. “Dreamer” another album track from the album, is a softer, piano-lead cut.
Nominated for the “Best International Male” BRIT Award in 2020, Dermot has now amassed nearly 4 billion streams across platforms and has the best-selling debut album in Ireland of this millennium, making him a platinum-selling artist in over 12 countries. His unique ability to unify and heal through his music has been apparent since the inception of his organic and meteoric rise. His poetic, compelling music has resonated with music lovers across the globe, with notables including Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Shawn Mendes all calling themselves fans.