RÓISÍN MURPHY

"5.50PM TO 6.10PM, YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES AND THIS IS THE NO. TO CALL."

THE NO. I CALLED LAST FRIDAY WAS THE ONE OF RÓISÍN MURPHY. IRISH EX-MOLOKO SINGER ON THE PHONE IS SUPER-DIRECT, BOLDLY CHALLENGES QUESTIONS SHE THINKS ARE TOO VAGUE BUT DOESN’T SHY AWAY FROM DIRECT ONES.

HERE’S OUR CONVERSATION:
I ask her about her relationship with fashion as during the past years her music has been used as sound track for TV programs as well as for fashion commercials. On top of this she has often collaborated with brands and about how she perceives the relationship between fashion and music evolving she says:
“It is it not just a matter of ‘service’, there is a sort of symbiosis that has been developed. I am so proud to make music, because it touches everyone. You don’t even need an education to enjoy music. Music connects. And there’s definitely a connection with fashion. For me the fashion thing is only based on the fact that i am very open. I like to work on visuals, to experiment, so this is surely something that fashion likes. Fashion is sort of the first level of communication. And I’m a communicator because I’m a performer.”

Róisín, your new album HAIRLESS TOYS contains 8 tracks out of 35 originally composed. What has been the fil-rouge that led you to choose what to insert in the album? I read there would be a new album next spring: shall we expect a link or a common thread then with the upcoming work early next year?
“Everything comes from the relationship between me and the guy (Eddie Stevens) that i made this record with. It’s someone that i’ve know for almost 20 years and really understand my music and the evolution that’s behind. He is someone that i know extremely well and that’s probably the first thing that influence this record. For the rest, we it has been made in a very relaxed way, we did exactly what we wanted to do in our way. There’s a kind of sleekness, i think, here and i’m happy we were very prolific. And I’m definitely more sober, more clear-headed, more focused in this album.”

I read there would be a new album next spring: shall we expect a link or a common thread then with the upcoming work early next year?
“Well, there’s a strong link that is the same guy i’ve been working with in this one.”

Do you feel Hairless Toys has gained under a melodic perspective from your recent work on Italian songs cover?
“There’s so much going on here: so much content, so much emotion, so much me. This album is a change of direction, it has an enigmatic charm, it’s dark and at the same time alluring elegance.
About “Hairless Toys“, I love the title, it doesn’t sound like anybody else’s album.”

Last week you have been nominated for Mercury Price. How do you feel about this? Does it stress your direction as non-mainstream diva?
“Well i think it’s just brilliant, lovely. It’s so nice to been nominated and that people did understand my album. A normal person does not even listen to album, anymore at all. It happened years ago. So it’s just amazing to have been able to reach people, because when you make an album you really care about it.”

It’s been 8 long years since she released her last album, the crititically-acclaimed Overpowered. Now she is back with Hairless Toys that is pure, with an evocative elegance.
We look forward to her flamboyant and fragile new performance on November 11th at Fabrique in Milan.