13th November 2015
Ethereal Irish folk pop duo Saint Sister present their debut EP Madrid, a haunting collision of glitchy electronics, heavenly harps and deeply personal lyrics – a combination the band refer to as “atmosfolk” – released via Trout Records on 13th November.
Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre formed Saint Sister in 2014, and have already made TV appearances in their native Ireland, as well as supporting Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and San Fermin. The pair were drawn together after being unsatisfied with the limitations of performing as solo artists. Along with their complex, interweaving harmonies, Gemma’s electronic harp brings a uniquely traditional Celtic dynamic to the duo’s sound.
The Madrid EP was recorded in a short, “intense” session at County Kerry’s Noise studio by Alex Ryan of Hozier, but not a second of it sounds rushed. The tracks on Madrid variously call to mind Feist, Patrick Wolf, Kathryn Williams, as well as the musicians Morgan calls “the great storytellers” – Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Saint Sister’s “atmosfolk” sound, described by the band as “a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp,” is entirely their own creation.
“You ask me if I’m happy – I’ve been wondering that too,” the pair sing on ‘Versions of Hate’, and while almost every line on Madrid is as eviscerating as this, Morgan insists that Saint Sister’s material isn’t entirely drawn from personal experience. “It’s not really feasible to rip apart my own life for a song the way I used to,” she explains. If nothing else, that suggests the dedication and devotion that Saint Sister put into their music. On the evidence ofMadrid, that devotion is about to be very much returned.
Stream ‘Castles’ – the new track from Saint Sister
Tracklist: Madrid / Castles / Blood Moon / Versions of Hate
SAINT SISTER – TOUR DATES
Nov 12, 2015 McHughs, Belfast
Nov 13, 2015 Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
Nov 15, 2015 Theatre Royal, Waterford
Nov 22, 2015 Upstairs in Dolan’s Pub, Limerick
Nov 26, 2015 The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Nov 27, 2015 Kavanaghs Bar & Venue, Portlaoise
Nov 28, 2015 Roisin Dubh, Galway
Nov 30, 2015 The Shacklewell Arms, London (Trout Records Showcase)
Dec 03, 2015 The Pavillion, Cork