Ornaith O'Dowd

Cincinnati OH
Plays: 16,617
Downloads: 672
Profile Views: 806


What made you want to start making music?

I had tunes in my head that had to be got out.

Tell us what your music is about? How has your subject matter evolved?

It started with adolescent angst, continued via loss and heartbreak, and is now a bit more focused on social observation. I am making more and more instrumental music as well, which I really enjoy.

What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? And why?

I have enjoyed collaborating in the past but my current lifestyle-- which involves a lot of work and family commitments-- makes solitary recording the only option for me right now. One day I would like to work with others again-- I miss being challenged and surprised by other musicians. I'm not sure I have a dream collaborator-- what matters is the musical communication.

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist/band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Getting a recording set-up together on a very tight budget has been a challenge, but you make do and these days it's more feasible than ever. Carving out consistent time to work on music is my greatest challenge right now. I have mountains of ideas and not enough time to hone them.

What do you hope to accomplish with your music? How do you envision that happening?

It makes me happy when others-- especially random people from distant places-- enjoy it, but making a recording I'm proud of is my main aim.

Band Members: 
Member Name Instruments
1 Ornaith O'Dowdall instruments
Musical Influences: 

The Cure
The Smiths
My Bloody Valentine
The Go-Betweens
Aretha Franklin
In Motion
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Dusty Springfield
Cocteau Twins
Martha and the Vandellas

Started Playing: January, 1988



Track TitleLengthContentFavoritesDownload
Pretty Much All You Need to Know 3:00CleanAdd to Playlist


World of Gutters (partial album)

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Ornaith O'Dowd at home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Track TitleLengthContentFavoritesDownload
Can't Undo 3:17CleanAdd to Playlist
The Interview 3:39CleanAdd to Playlist
Falling into Place 2:58CleanAdd to Playlist
3:23CleanAdd to Playlist
We Are Were We Are (partial album)

All tracks written, performed, and recorded by Ornaith O'Dowd in New York and South Carolina between 2010 and 2012. Some rights reserved. See ornaithodowd.blogspot.com for more.

Track TitleLengthContentFavoritesDownload
Romance 2:33CleanAdd to Playlist
Safe Between My Headphones 3:19CleanAdd to Playlist
We Are Where We Are 2:47CleanAdd to Playlist
3:42CleanAdd to Playlist
Oceans 3:13CleanAdd to Playlist


Ornaith O'Dowd added a new track:
The Lowcountry
1 year ago
Ornaith O'Dowd added a new track:
The Ninety-niners
1 year ago
Ornaith O'Dowd added a new track:
1 year ago
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Thanks, Adam. Glad you like it!


Hi! Hope you enjoy the tune.

Nice. I enjoy "Car Tapes" quite a bit.


cure copy

just tryin'

I <3 This... downloaded it, and listen to it often while getting ready


voice pleasing

Cool! Glad you're enjoying it and thanks for the nice comment-- Ornaith.

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