The Essential Advent Calendar: December 20 – Robert O’Connor Releases ‘River’ Video For Christmas

Can you believe it’s already the 20th of December? Behind our 20th door is the wonderful Robert O’Connor, with the video for his festive track, ‘River’.

Robert first released his cover of the Joni Mitchell classic last year, and we featured it in our Essential Advent Calendar then too, but now it’s got a fantastic music video to accompany it we thought it only right that we’d feature it again.

The video shows a sombre Robert wandering aimlessly throughout the streets of Dublin, with shoppers – shot out of focus – navigate their way around him, while he seems frozen to the spot in the thronging Grafton Quarter.

Speaking about the video, directed by David Duggan, Robert said:

“It felt misguided to make a typical lip sync video for a song like this. I wanted it to show me feeling out of sync with the environment I was in. For a lot or people, Christmas is the hardest time of year for so many reasons — and most of the media messages we see are hyper-positive — so this is a little nod to those who are struggling to feel festive”.

Robert is currently working on new material to be released in 2020.

Robert O’Connor can be found online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to also show your support by streaming his music through Spotify.

Watch the official music video for ‘River’ below:

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