Dani Larkin Shares Fiery New Single “The Red (Maca’s Return)”

Photo by Sarah Pannasch

By Clare Martin

Artist Dani Larkin grew up listening to folktales, but now she’s spinning a story of her own on her latest release, “The Red (Maca’s Return),” the third single off her debut album, Notes For A Maiden Warrior

The song looks at what might happen if Maca, the Irish goddess of war and transformation, came back, and how examining myths can teach us more about our own relationship with nature. It’s no wonder Larkin chose to sing about Maca—Armagh (Ard Mhaca) is named for Maca, and the singer/songwriter hails from the Armagh-Monaghan border.

“The Red (Maca’s Return)” tells two parallel tales: one of men who adorn their faces with red paint ahead of battle and end up bragging about the wild cats (Maca) they’ve defeated in the fight, and the other of women who serve as the quietly confident warriors of Maca. The men’s inflated egoism perpetuates a needless cycle of violence; they’d do well to listen to the women.

Over the course of the song, Larkin’s voice swings from that of a traditional balladeer to a conspiratorial whisperer. Fervent, moody guitar gains speed during the track, like dark clouds gathering to signal a storm. By the end, she’s joined by a chorus of voices chanting “the red,” mirroring the frenzy of battle.

With her artful sonic storytelling, Larkin once again proves herself a talented songwriter. Listen to “The Red (Maca’s Return)” below and pre-save Notes For A Maiden Warrior, out on 18th June, here. You can also check out her tour dates here.