Drowning in Blessings

Sinead O'Brien - Drowning in Blessings
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September 16, 2020 / Release Date
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O’Brien says the new EP is “about spaces, claiming personal space in the city, naming things, bringing them closer,” and – just as she planned – these four songs play out like an instruction manual for finding inspiration and forward motion in a world designed to keep you running in circles.
Sinead and the listener coexist in a sort of shared detachment, restlessly examining the duality of the world around them. There’s more hidden within her lyrical enigma than one listen can decipher; we’re confident it’s worth the effort.
After a string of captivating singles, Sinead O’Brien steps up again with a debut EP that cements her place as one of the most fascinating, exciting and unique talents around right now.
Beats Per Minute

Something strikes you when “Most Modern Painting”, the first track on Irish performer Sinead O’Brien’s debut EP Drowning in Blessings, begins: the musicality of the song. O’Brien is called a spoken-word artist, a punk poet, but her voice floats through an ‘other’ space; not quite poetic monologue; nor expressly delivered as singing either.

Loud and Quiet

Her debut EP Drowning in Blessings sounds like a series of unearthed passages scribbled down from old fables, intertwined with stolen entries from the rhyming dictionary, all casually tossed over her shoulder and held up by a rhythm section frantically batting her words between one another like a Scott Pilgrim power rally.

Sophisticated London music.
Beautiful poetry over ambient post punk instrumentals. What’s not to like?
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Track List

  1. Most Modern Painting
  2. Roman Ruins
  3. Fall With Me
  4. Strangers In Danger
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Added on: September 16, 2020