Irish artist Aoife Nessa Frances announces her forthcoming sophomore album Protector due October 28th via Partisan Records.

Along with the album’s¬†announcement, Frances shares the lead single “Way To Say Goodbye” that she notes is,¬†”a song¬†about endings and a new beginning.” Coupled with the floating sonics are the dreamlike¬†visuals directed by Ellius Grace portraying the journey of two men, one man being carried by¬†another, as they traverse a lush meadow.¬†“This video is an allegory, a physical journey which¬†embodies the emotional ones that many of us have experienced in our lives,”¬†Grace says,¬†“This¬†story is about realizing when someone you love needs to find their own path, no matter how much¬†you want to help them get there.”

Aoife shares more about the meaning behind the song,¬†” ‘Way To Say Goodbye’ reflects the feelings¬†when a relationship ends, the difficulty of letting something go. How fear of loneliness can make you¬†hold on to something for too long after it no longer serves you. The process of writing this song was¬†incredibly cathartic and healing.”

Protector¬†was born in the spring of 2020, when Aoife packed up her things in Dublin and moved to rural County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. It was there, amidst the stillness, that she began to work on the songs that would become her second album: a personal, mystical journey of self- discovery through dislocation, transformation, and restoration. Recording took place in a small house in County Kerry, at the foothills of the Annascaul, with Brendan Jenkinson (producer, keys, bass, synth, clarinet), Brendan Doherty (drums), Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (string arrangements) and Conor O’Brien (horn arrangements). The resulting body of work deftly juxtaposes golden hours and arguments, affection and alienation, and above all marks a crucial period of her life that was transformative and left her wiser.

In Aoife’s own words:

“Writing¬†and¬†recording¬†this¬†album¬†was¬†a¬†spiritual¬†experience.¬†I¬†experienced love for my family on a level I didn‚Äôt know existed, while slowly putting myself back together and watching¬†the“protector”¬†in¬†me¬†grow¬†much¬†bigger.¬†‘Protector’¬†acknowledges¬†the¬†part¬†of¬†myself¬†that steers me towards a brighter path.”

Protector¬†follows Frances’ debut full-length album¬†Land¬†of¬†No¬†Junction, which released in 2020 and features the stand-out songs “Blow Up” and “Here in the Dark.” Pitchfork wrote about the debut, “The Irish songwriter‚Äôs voice shines like a headlight in fog. Her debut abounds with deceptively serene serenades and surprising lyrical shifts.”

After performing at a couple of festivals this summer in Ireland and United Kingdom, Frances will be supporting Destroyer on tour this fall across Europe and the UK before embarking on her headlining European tour and co-headlining North American tour with Indigo Sparke this November and December. Tickets available HERE.

Check out “Way To Say Goodbye” and pre-order/save¬†Protector¬†above, see full tour routing below, and stay tuned for more from Aoife Nessa Frances coming very soon.

UK Live Dates

11/01 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11/02 – Manchester, UK @ Castle Hotel
11/03 – Glasgow, UK @ Nice N Sleazy
11/04 – Todmorden, UK @ Golden Lion
11/05 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
11/06 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade
11/08 – London, UK @ Moth Club
11/09 – Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert
11/23 – Belfast, UK @ Ulster Sports


Protector album artwork

Aoife Nessa Frances
Protector October 28, 2022

1. Way To Say Goodbye
2. This Still Life
3. Emptiness Follows
4. Chariot
5. Back To Earth
7. Only Child
8. Soft Lines
9. Day Out Of Time

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What the press is saying about Aoife Nessa Frances:

“Her magnificent songwriting only makes those peaks feel higher, and the valleys lower.”
“Halfway between beguiling folk and melodic luxe”
The Guardian
“The Irish songwriter‚Äôs voice shines like a headlight in fog. Her debut abounds with deceptively
serene serenades and surprising lyrical shifts.”

“An alluring languid debut to help the winter months glide by…. drifts along with real charm “
The Times