Irish poet and performer Sinead O’Brien releases a new EP Drowning In Blessings on Chess Club Records. Produced by Dan Carey (Speedy Wundergroud, Fontaines DC, Kate Tempest) the EP is O’Brien’s first fuller body of work following a string of rapturously received releases, including recent lead single Fall With Me and EP tracks Roman Ruins and Strangers In Danger.
Originally from Limerick, O’Brien’s work captures the everyday and the inbetween in a way that transcends any genre label. Writing from her own observations, O’Brien’s influences can be found in the realism of Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Patti Smith and The Slits, and the works of literary icons such Frank O’Hara, W.B. Yeats, Joan Didion and Albert Camus.
Tracks allude and refer to one another and provide clues and hints to the future and to the past. It’s not only about language and music – it’s about energy, spaces, leaving room for other people to get in. A multifaceted artist, O’Brien’s writing has also been published by the esteemed London Magazine whose alumni include T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and William Burroughs. Her unique fusion of spoken lyrics and art rock has piqued the attention of luminaries of both fields, seeing her perform with John Cooper Clarke and The Brian Jonestown Massacre at sold out theatres across the U.K.
1.Most Modern Painting
3.Fall With Me
4.Strangers in Danger
OVERALL RATING: 3½ stars