Whelans, Dublin: 20th November, 2019.
Tickets €17.50 Incl. booking fees.
Doors 8:00pm | Over 18's | ID Required.
Irish singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson has been cultivating a cult fanbase for several years. Songs such as ‘Ruin Your Night’, ‘Petrol Station’ and ‘Can’t We Pretend’ are evocative vignettes of a moment in time which find the poetry in introspection, with a tangible nod to key influences such as Sharon Van Etten, Arcade Fire, Phoebe Bridgers and Julia Jacklin.
Exuding passion and tender beauty in equal measure, her narrative song-writing connects with people who have shared similar tangled emotions - as evidenced by 22 million streams on Spotify alone.
Now Richardson is preparing to release the biggest artistic statement of her career with her forthcoming debut album. It’s a collection of lyrical snapshots of life as a twentysomething, accompanied by the desires, doubts and developments that the decade delivers.
"It's the hidden meaning in mundane moments,” she summarises. “Days that look like any other day and yet somehow you have this feeling that it's one you'll remember forever."
Richardson isn’t afraid to dig into her own psyche, as demonstrated by the set’s most immediate track and recent single ‘Don’t Talk About It’. A blur of spiky garage-rock, its energy masks a deeper meaning.
“It's about avoiding conflict and being too scared to admit to yourself that you're unhappy in a situation, because it feels easier to turn a blind eye to it than to have to deal with it head on,” she notes. “It's something I used to do all the time. The song's also very cathartic, like a victory lap for when you do learn to face your demons.”
Moving back to Dublin from NYC inspired her to take stock of where she was. A new rush of ideas soon followed, with Richardson writing the likes of ‘False Alarm’ and ‘First Prize Bravery’ on the piano in her parents’ kitchen. An impromptu session with All Tvvins’ Conor Adams yielded ‘No-One Is Any Fun’, which features on their album ‘Just To Exist’, and ‘Twisting The Knife’ which is included here.
As her songs look back, it’s fitting that this album represents Sorcha Richardson’s future. “Releasing singles was fun because I felt a lot of freedom move around creatively. But I'm excited to present a more 360 version of what I have in my head. It lets me tell a more complete story.”