Ian Daniel Kehoe has been hiding in plain sight. A classic songwriter pulling from a seemingly endless supply of hooks, dancing in silver face paint and an assortment of wide shouldered sports jackets, Kehoe appears like an emissary from a better world. Secret Republic is Ian Daniel Kehoe’s debut album, an entirely self-assured first record, ten confident, immaculate pop songs, drenched in analog synth and punchily articulate in their pursuit of love, beauty and rhythm.
Ian Daniel Kehoe will be familiar as the bassist and songwriter in Attack in Black, and for the several records he released as Marine Dreams. He’s been in high demand as a touring musician with Andy Shauf, The Weather Station, and Julia Jacklin.
This is something new. Recorded and performed entirely by Kehoe himself, Secret Republic is an introduction to a world where melody reigns supreme, every love is a true love, and the singer searches endlessly for “prizes through the mazes of the jungles, prizes at the tips of the poles.”
Ian Daniel Kehoe – Secret Republic
March 22, 2019