Premiere: Mighty Oaks Dwell in a Moment’s Bliss on “All Things Go”

Indie folk band Mighty Oaks’ intimate new song “All Things Go” glistens with meaningful depth as the trio dwell in love and transcience, acceptance, and life’s inevitable change.
Stream: “All Things Go” – Mighty Oaks

All things go – that’s part of life, goodbye.

All things go.” Few sentences in the English language hold more weight than this acknowledgement of transience and mortality, and yet when Mighty Oaks sing these words in song, they aren’t dejected and wallowing in despair; rather, their demeanor is one of appreciation and heartfelt gratitude, understanding and acceptance. Out now, the indie folk trio’s new track glistens with meaningful depth as it captures personal change, growth, and life’s inevitable cyclical nature.

All Things Go - Mighty Oaks
All Things Go – Mighty Oaks
Back in Mullingar
We spent our days in Canton Caseys bar
We spent our summers there
And we drank up the Irish air
And I can see you smile
Still, today when I close my eyes
And I still feel your hands
Holding mine back

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering Mighty Oaks’ new song “All Things Go,” released October 18, 2019 via BMG. The lead single off Mighty Oaks’ forthcoming third full-length album and the band’s first single since putting out the four-track acoustic Driftwood Seat EP this past February, “All Things Go” finds Ian Hooper (US), Claudio Donzelli (Italy) and Craig Saunders returning to share a tale of intimate connection and fleeting (but powerful) romance. Singing amidst a sprightly set of acoustic guitars, the band weave listeners through the abridged story of Ian Hooper’s parents:

“My dad was a broke American graduate student in Munich in the early ’80s and he was invited to a dinner party by a stranger he met on the street,” Hooper explains. “Intrigued as to whether this was a date or not, and never one to pass up a free meal, he accepted the invitation. He shared an elevator on his way up to the flat with another guest to the party, and she would become my mother.”

So goes a beautiful story that resulted in two children and a life full of love, up until the Hooper’s mother’s early passing.

And good… goodbye
Yeah, all things go
They have their time
Good… goodbye
Yeah, all things go
That’s part of life

Singing of special moments and the places with meaning to his family, Hooper enshrines a piece of himself and his heritage in song. “Back in Mullingar, we spent our days in Canton Caseys bar,” he sings in the first verse, and “From Multyfarnham all the way back to Gig Harbor, and I still feel your hands holding mine back,” he sings in the second.

“These are towns and places in the US and Ireland that mean a lot to my family and me,” the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist explains. “Most people will never know these places, but it means the world to me to know that my family will hear these towns immortalized in music.“

Some songs we make for ourselves, whether because we need to excavate some feeling from our bones or because we need to better understand some emotion or idea that’s gnawing at us. In the case of Mighty Oaks’ new song, it’s made out of a deeper kind of love and respect for the life cycle – made not for the artist necessarily, but for an entire family and their story to be told. Mighty Oaks inject further meaning into their already intimate music through the help of director Andrew Saunderson, whose music video beautifully tells its own companion story of distance, isolation, and farewell.

It takes time, do you know that?
Do you know that?
In your life
It takes time, do you know that?
Do you know that?
In your life
Good… goodbye
Yeah, all things go
They have their time
Good… goodbye
Yeah, all things go
That’s part of life

“Death is a recurring theme in our music,” Ian Hooper observes. “This song is about letting go. Sometimes it happens sooner than you’d have liked. That’s not unfair, it’s how life is. Accepting that takes time, but I’m at a point now where I can accept it as part of being here.“

When it comes down to it, “All Things Go” is a song reminding us all to revel in the right now. It’s a harmony-rich gust of strong indie folk music with an impassioned and grounding message. We should all listen close to Mighty Oaks. Songs like this bear real weight; they matter. Whether you’re looking for a new addition to your Autumn seasonal playlist or in need of some perspective, Mighty Oaks are a must-listen band for the season.

Stream “All Things Go” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and catch Mighty Oaks in Europe this November and again in January/February as they first support The Lumineers as special guests on tour, and then embark on their own European headline tour. The band will be performing in North America this spring.

We cannot wait to hear more from Mighty Oaks’ forthcoming new album, due out 2020 – but for now, we will join the talented trio and dwell in a moment’s bliss, embracing the philosophical depths of “All Things Go.”

Stream: “All Things Go” – Mighty Oaks

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:: Mighty Oaks Tour ::

2019 supporting The Lumineers

01.11. Lisbon, Campo Pequeno Bullring
02.11. Madrid, Wizink Center
04.11. Milan, Alcatraz
06.11. Switzerland, Zurich Halle 622
07.11. Munich, Zenith
09.11. Vienna, Gasometer
10.11. Prague, Forum Karlin
13.11. Hamburg, Sporthalle
14.11. Berlin, Verti Music Hall
16.11. Brussels, AB
18.11. Utrecht, Tivoli Ronda
19.11. Cologne, Palladium
20.11. Paris, Zenith

2020 European Tour

17.02. München, Muffathalle (GER)
18.02. Wien, Arena (AUT)
19.02. Zürich, Kaufleuten (CH)
20.02. Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn (GER)
21.02. Luxemburg, Rotondes (LUX)
23.02. Paris, Les Etoiles (FRA)
25.02. London, Jazz Cafe (UK)
26.02. Brussels, AB Club (BEL)
27.02. Dortmund, Konzerthaus (GER)
28.02. Amsterdam, Melkweg Old Hall (NL)
29.02. Köln, Live Music Hall (GER)
02.03. Wiesbaden, Schlachthof (GER)
03.03. Hamburg, Gr Freiheit (GER)
04.03. Berlin, Huxleys (GER)
06.03. Copenhagen, Vega (DK)
07.03. Stockholm, Nalen Klubb (SWE)
08.03. Oslo, Parkteatret (NOR)

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