Dermot Kennedy has once again graced us with a stunningly emotive performance by releasing a live music video of his song “Better Days.” Performed in London, the video has the poetic Irishman in the spotlight as he is accompanied by dancer, Josh Denyer, whose expressive dancing was choreographed by Talia Favea.
Favea has had the opportunity to choreograph some of Kennedy’s other tracks, pairing the already powerful lyricism with movements that elevate the physical experience of his music. On their collaboration Favea notes,
“I believe his true gift is his ability to tap into the most vulnerable and honest parts of people through his lyrics. With ‘Better Days’ it was paramount for me to portray that honesty and bring it life through movement. I am so excited for the world to experience this hauntingly beautiful track in a new way.”
Since “Better Days” was released, the track has already garnered over 30 million streams on Spotify. The official music video is equally as stunning and evocative, having been directed by Paul Gore, it has 4+ million views which you can watch here.
In this new live performance there is a cool, solemn energy, but it’s brought to life when a spotlight shines bright on Kennedy. Throughout the duration, it never leaves him as his raw performance brings you out of the dark with his back-up singers harmonious chants creating an ethereal ambiance. A song about hope and the patience of perseverance, Deyner shows the struggle with interpretive dancing that is painfully beautiful. With an extended instrumentation, he mesmerizes with a solo dance that with his movements, showcases the overwhelming strength and emotions of the song. Kennedy then sends us off with the loving reminder, “Better Days are coming, if no one told you.”
There is an opportunity to see Kennedy’s raw performances live as it was just confirmed that he will be supporting Shawn Mendes on the first leg of his 2022 North American Tour. The tour will kick off in Portland on June 27th and carry on throughout the summer. In the meantime, you can just sit back and let the emotions flow as you watch the live video performance of “Better Days” below: