Thursday, July 16, 2009

an overpowering return

We just got word that Róisín Murphy, the high priestess of pop, is planning to release her third solo album, the follow up to the much lauded, critically acclaimed "Overpowered", this September. The first single, "Demon Lover", which Róisín described to BBC 6 Music as "a big, funky house track", should see the light of day toward the end of summer.

She further defines the sound of the new single as "a souped-up full on garage tune", and refers to the as yet untitled album as being quite gritty. She says, "It has a slightly London sound to it. It's a bit more urban and bass-y than 'Overpowered'."

In anticipation of the new single and album, let's revisit the fabulous majesty of Róisín's last album. The singles campaign began in grand fashion with the squelchy, acid, 808 bass of "Overpowered".

It was followed by the stunning, full-on, piano driven, 80s garage sound of "Let Me Know" which bites off a slab of Tracy Weber's 1981, R&B jam, "Sure Shot", replete with disco diner video.

Third single in, we were treated to the Cindy Sherman inspired video of "You Know Me Better".

Unfortunately, none of the songs charted in the top 10 of the UK singles chart which is a shame since each one was tailor made for mass consumption while still maintaining an element of cool that makes them stand head and shoulders above the competition.

"Movie Star" was scheduled as the fourth single from the longplayer. A surreal, fright night video was lensed for it. The bizarre intro sets up the madness quite effectively. Who doesn't love a little "Dynasty" inspired catfight?

And let's not forget the elusive, "Slave To Love", which was slated as a double a-side pairing with "Movie Star". "Slave To Love" was the soundtrack to last year's Gucci Pour Homme ad campaign at the height of Róisín's incredible, world tour. Perhaps the track will be added to her forthcoming album.

In the meantime, let's congratulate Róisín on her recent, pregnancy announcement as we patiently wait for more news about her forthcoming single and album. 2009 is turning out to be a banner year for music, my pets!

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