Glass Wings Gets Off to a Flying Start

Singer-songwriter Stephen Jones lifts off with music video filmed at Benone Beach ahead of debut EP, set for release next month

It may currently seem like we're back in the bitter throes of winter but, hard as it might seem to believe, something resembling warm sunlight was beaming down on Northern Ireland only a few short weeks ago. With normal service resuming, most of us have already forgotten about it and moved on, having enjoyed those fleeting few days of uncharacteristic climate while they lasted – knowing they wouldn't last long.

Others made hay while the sun shone – or, in the case of Glass Wings, a music video. Belfast-based singer-songwriter Stephen Jones, the man behind the moniker, spent the time wisely shooting what would become the video for his first single, 'Made for Me'.

Filmed between his native Limavady and Benone Beach, which you could easily mistake here as somewhere far from these shores, the video sees Jones reflecting on relationships with different figures in his life, including friends and loved ones. It echoes the subject matter of the song, though the singer would rather that listeners interpret it in their own way.

'I tend not to explain my lyrics if I can,' he says. 'I am only the writer, and I find it infinitely more interesting to hear how everyone else invests in the song and what they discover.'

Started in 2016 as an outlet for a growing back catalogue of music, Glass Wings was recently a finalist in Chordblossom's annual Kickstarter competition, performing as part of the live showcase event at the Oh Yeah Music Centre. 'Made for Me' comes as an enticing first taste of a four-track EP entitled Jana from Barcelona, recorded at Blast Furnace Studio in Derry~Londonderry and mastered by Pete Maher, who has worked with the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, Lana Del Rey and on the Oscar-winning 'City of Stars' from La La Land.

While the EP isn't due until May, 'Made for Me' is already available as a digital download. The wistful, piano-driven track is only one of a number of styles explored across the full release however, with the rest falling somewhere closer to rock and Motown, according to Jones.

'They say know your audience, but I like to surprise, and seeing as Glass Wings is my sole creative outlet, listeners may be interested to find out how this project develops.' He may just be breaking out, but time will tell whether Glass Wings can manage to shatter expectations.

Stay up to date with Glass Wings on Facebook and at www.glasswings.band. Main image by Conor Kerr for Chordblossom.