Damien Rice has been described as kooky, troubled, and reclusive. Despite being cited as an influence to the likes of Ed Sheeran and having reached multi-platinum success, Rice remains a rather opaque figure. Interviewers have reported that he incorporates metaphors in his everyday speech as much as he does in his songs.
Getting his start in a 90s rock group, Rice’s rise to fame began after he began his solo career. In 2001, his trademark song “The Blower’s Daughter” was a chart-topping success. The next year, he won the Shortlist Music Prize for his album O which reached No. 8 in the UK music charts. And after eight long years of multiple collaborations and projects, his third studio album My Favorite Faded Fantasy was released on Halloween of last year.
Unlike his persona, Rice’s music is surprisingly mainstream and commercial. His somber tunes appeal to a broad audience and have been featured in countless movies and television shows. With gracefully arranged melodies, the raw emotion in his voice, and themes of disappointment and decaying fantasies, Rice moves the hearts of many. And his newest album is perhaps the most devastatingly raw and least commercial of all.
All in all, when it comes to emotions, Damien Rice strikes deep. On November 22, he will stop in Seoul for a soul-pawing performance, followed by a night in Busan, on his My Favorite Faded Fantasy Tour.