November 17 marked the release of Mike Kelly’s latest single, “Feel Like a Fool,” a poignant exploration of a relationship on the brink of collapse. This release, marking Kelly’s 16th in the last three years, showcases his evolving artistry and storytelling prowess.
“Feel Like A Fool” is born from the personal experiences of a friend navigating a challenging relationship, characterized by a sense of unreciprocated effort.
The song resonates with raw emotion, delivered through Kelly’s delicate falsetto vocals and the gentle strumming of an acoustic guitar. As the track progresses, it builds into a full-band crescendo, mirroring the intensity of the narrative.
Kelly shares, “The aim was to create a song that blends honest storytelling with a genuine singer-songwriter vibe. The fusion of the lyrics, melodies, and music captures the essence of the song’s narrative beautifully.”
Drawing inspiration from renowned artists like Damien Rice, James Taylor, and Passenger, Kelly collaborated with European producer Thomas Penninger to hone the track’s distinct sound.
“Working remotely with global producers while recording in my home studio has been incredibly fulfilling. It allows each project to have its unique sonic signature,” Kelly reflects.
The single’s release is accompanied by a music video that visually echoes the song’s emotional depth. Filmed in a picturesque forest setting, with Kelly performing amidst autumnal scenery, the video’s central imagery of a stream and falling leaves symbolizes the passage of time and an impending change, much like the relationship depicted in the song.
Kelly elaborates on the video’s concept, “The juxtaposition of musical equipment against the backdrop of nature visually represents the dissonance in the relationship, mirroring the lyrical theme.”
With an impressive tally of 5,000,000 Spotify streams, Mike Kelly is gearing up for further releases in early 2024 and is eagerly planning live performances to bring his new material to audiences.
Mike Kelly, a flourishing artist from the NYC area, has captivated listeners worldwide with over 80,000 monthly Spotify listeners and 4,000,000 streams.
Known for his versatile collaborations spanning various genres, Kelly’s music echoes influences ranging from pop and dance to singer-songwriter styles. His global collaborations have established him as a diverse artist with a broad musical palette.
Having shared the stage with acts like The Lumineers and Lifehouse, and being likened to artists such as Bruno Mars and Andy Grammer, Kelly’s music continues to resonate across more than 90 countries, making him a notable figure in the contemporary music scene.
Watch the video for “Feel Like a Fool” below!