As Dermot Kennedy embarks on the next chapter of his musical journey with his new album, Sonder he admits he’s never related to a word more. Sonder, the term coined in the book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, is summarized as, “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.” Encapsulating the universal themes of love, loss and ultimately hope, Sonder sees the acclaimed, platinum-selling Kennedy evolving into an even more expressive and powerful storyteller.
Dermot explains, “The meaning behind Sonder has resonated with me so much for years. I exist in an industry where we’re encouraged to think about ourselves only constantly, and I find that exhausting and uninspiring. I want to learn about you. Let us share all of our triumphs, all of our troubles. Let this music belong to all of us, to find our own stories and our own solace within it,” he says.
The idea of sharing the ups and downs of life’s journey with his audience is not a new one. Over the years, Dermot Kennedy has won over fan after fan with his passionate and burning lyrics that speak truth and honesty, delivering compelling music from the heart that connects with people across the globe. Sonder further demonstrates his ability to tap into the emotions of listeners, with poignant music intended to heal as the world rebounds from the challenges of the pandemic.