Gorgeous song. Gifted singer/songwriter. Former X Factor (2011) contestant Janet Devlin’s latest track, “Place Called Home”. She has released a live version on video. Stripped back with just her voice and a colleague’s piano, and a smattering of harmony vocals. Lovely job.
The Coors meets Steve Nicks meets The Cranberries?
Following the acclaim of her 2020 album “Confessional”, Janet champions the unapologetic honesty that defines her in “Place Called Home”, reflecting on the inner battles that come with searching for a sense of belonging. The single is the first from her much-anticipated forthcoming EP, “It’s Not That Deep” slated for 19th November release.
“Place Called Home” sees Janet briefly shed the traditional folk influences adopted on “Confessional” and embark on a summer road trip, complete with vintage guitar and epic drums that collide to form what she describes as a “driving with the roof down” vibe. Beneath the uplifting atmosphere lies deeper, melancholic lyrics as Janet reflects on the tiresome journey of finding a place where she belongs.
Janet said: “The song means many different things for me. It’s about this feeling of wanting too much to find the home that everyone deserves but the lost feeling of trying to find it. I wanted to hide the ‘despair’ feeling with the positive sound of the track, but still keep that hint of melancholy in the lyrics.
“The idea of ‘living like a rolling stone’ portrays an almost lifestyle choice to the idea but the truth lying with in ‘it’s in my veins, but my roots won’t grow’. That frustration of finding a place but it never quite being the place that I’ll settle into.
“The verses very much sum me up as a person. That idea of keeping people at a distance in case I end up moving home again. But trying to play it off as a happy choice with the “I’ve always loved to travel.”
The single, co-written with Johnny Wright (Birdy, Foxes, Fickle Friends), is accompanied by an ‘alt-country mix’. Janet’s bare-all autobiography “My Confessional” is out now, and details her five year alcohol battle.
Janet has two shows in her native in Ireland in November (re-arranged from September due to Ireland’s Covid restrictions):: Nov 2nd – Dublin – The Sound House and Nov 3rd – Belfast – Voodoo.
The second single taken from her incoming EP, is a slowed-down, sultry cover of the Prince classic, “Kiss”. It’s lovely…..