Ornaith O'Dowd

Charleston SC
Plays: 16,341
Downloads: 659
Profile Views: 732


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



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
Belief 3:39CleanAdd to PlaylistFree
There's a Lovely View 2:32CleanAdd to PlaylistFree
Good at Being a Girl 2:43CleanAdd to PlaylistFree
3:13CleanAdd to PlaylistFree
2:25CleanAdd to PlaylistFree
The Pomegranate Heart (partial album)

Written, performed, and recorded at home in Brooklyn by Ornaith O'Dowd.

Track TitleLengthContentFavoritesDownload
3:22CleanAdd to PlaylistFree
4:03CleanAdd to PlaylistFree
1:33CleanAdd to PlaylistFree
World of Gutters (partial album)

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

Track TitleLengthContentFavoritesDownload
3:09ExplicitAdd to PlaylistFree
2:58CleanAdd to PlaylistFree


Ornaith O'Dowd added a new track:
22 weeks ago
Ornaith O'Dowd added a new track:
22 weeks ago
Ornaith O'Dowd added a new track:
22 weeks ago


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


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


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Jul 1, 2010
I’ve had the pleasure of acting as editor of MadeLoud for about a year and a half now, and one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job includes learning about new music. But not just new music released by labels and sent to our P.O. Box, but the songs you, MadeLoud users, create in your bedrooms and home studios and wherever else and share with us. Thanks to just browsing around and the...

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