Born and bred in Ireland, singer-songwriter Stephen Cooper has moved on from bands to a solo project. Performing under the moniker Fly The Nest, the Dublin native has received critical acclaim on an international scale from Buzz Music, Chalkpit Records, Indie Buddie, iHeart Radio, Hot Press, Obscure Sound and many more. As well as releasing original material, Cooper writes for film and television saying this “has opened up another facet for his creativity”. The latest addition to his well-received discography is the single ‘Old Street Lover’.
Since the formation of Fly The Nest in 2017/2018, Cooper has built a reputation for engaging lyrics over moving melodies and this is evident in ‘Old Street Lover’. Moving from the acoustic ballad ‘Be Mine’ (read our review here), ‘Old Street Lover’ has a speedier pace filled with buoyancy. Powerful guitars meld with pounding drums creating a hard-hitting wall of sound.
Embracing a Dodgy meets The Smashing Pumpkins style, but with charming dulcet tones, Cooper showcases eclecticism and innovativeness. Along with the impressive rise and fall, Cooper adds heavier guitar riffs within an upbeat indie-rock melody capturing the hearts of all audiences. Of course, he already melts hearts with his acoustic ‘Be Mine’ – at least, he did mine. ‘Old Street Lover’ is a reaffirmation of Cooper’s soul-stirring sound.
While the single is filled with joviality, it shows Cooper’s depth in the significant lyricism. With a personal narrative, Cooper reflects on challenging situations and painful conversations. Thing is, while this introspective single is poignant, the harmonic melody leans toward a lingering optimism. Uplifting choruses express an altruistic hope for the other person to find satisfaction in the future.
“This song is about having a connection with someone that’s ultimately lost. Though it hurts to see it end, you really do wish them the best and hope they find what they’re looking for.” – Fly The Nest on ‘Old Street Lover’