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Another Lie (with Ropes of Sand)

by Adrian O'Connell

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So how did someone from an Irish village end up making this song (and eventually an EP) with two very talented Italians? Well, living and working by the lakes in northern Italy, one hour outside Milan helps, and that's where Adrian O’Connell is based. A chance meeting with a friend led him to local studio owner Andrea Cajelli. The two quickly bonded over a discussion of music and movies at Twiggy music club in Varese. They entered Andrea’s appropriately named “La Sauna” studios for an initial 3 days. Despite Adrian’s fears he wasn’t ready, immediately things clicked. They worked for 10 months together producing Adrian’s first studio album (the acoustic-based Hotel Europa).

Following the album’s release, Adrian began to play live around the villages and lakes, and convinced Luca and Paolo, aka local indie-folk/rock duo “Ropes of Sand” to join him live (check out their 2018 release Lately on Italy’s highly esteemed Edison Box label). Luca (bass/cello) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and arranger, heavily involved in the Italian underground music scene (appearing most recently on 2020’s well-received Transiti by Alessandro Rocca). Paolo (drums) was in Varese’s popular alt-country group Midwest and has collaborated on many other projects. While practicing for the concerts, they began to arrange songs together and eventually write together too. Their EP will be released by Limerick’s legendary Out On A Limb Records.


there must be some way out of here
I just haven’t found it yet
we don’t need to break ourselves
knowing our regrets

another lie
we don’t have to fight

I don’t know but honesty
doesn't always seem to fit
but if we’re only telling half the truth
are we killing the best bit?

another lie
we don’t have to fight
you’re that someone I
I haven’t failed with yet

oh do you know whats next?
will you choose the best?
we don’t have to fight
I just need this off my chest
we don’t have to lie


released August 21, 2020
Recorded live in La Sauna Studios, Varano Borghi by Mr Henry (Enrico Mangione). Mixed (to tape) by Enrico, and mastered by David Ayers in Ireland.


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Adrian O'Connell Berlin, Germany

Musician from Ireland, working in a project with Ropes of Sand (IT) and occasionally releasing some solo music. Brand new single with Ropes of Sand (June 2022), on Limerick's Out On A Limb Records. Enjoy!

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