New song from Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery

New song from Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery


‘Are We Free?’ is the latest single from double platinum selling Mick Flannery, and one of Ireland’s most exciting newcomers, Susan O’Neill (SON).

The song is the fourth single from the pair’s upcoming collaborative album ‘In the Game’, coming September 10th, which charts a couple’s coming together and falling apart, a journey familiar to most. It charts the highs and lows of the game of love, that raw space that the human condition can leave one most vulnerable.

‘Are We Free?’ was written by Mick as a sister song to the 2020 single ‘Baby Talk’, which won ‘Best Original Song of The Year’ at the prestigious RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

Spitting lyrics display intensified emotions compared to ‘Baby Talk’, with the fictitious couple’s fighting at its worst, Mick uses common phrases that warring couples use in their inevitable clashes:

“Oh you love to paint yourself

The perfect victim every time

It could not be a problem

That I am never on your mind

You’ve been right forever

It’s written in that little smile…”

Speaking of the song, Susan said: “The couple are really at one of their worst moments here. Cutting across one and other in heated arguments. It was really different to embody this type of emotion, getting into character for a fight to be sung.”

Mick and Susan’s forthcoming record encapsulates the sound of two truly unique artists working in complete harmony. Produced ‘virtually’ by LA based, Australian producer Tony Buchen (Courtney Barnett, Smashing Pumpkins, Tim Finn) it features musicians from both Ireland and America, including ‘Death Cab for Cuties’ Zac Rae on Wurlitzer duties.

Photo: Michael Conlon

A short documentary directed by album videographer collaborator Christopher Luke details the journey of how the album came about. Watch it on Youtube:

‘In The Game’ is due out September 10th. Pre-order here.

Buy/stream the single here.