Premiere: Naoise Roo – “Sing To You”

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On her debut album, Lilith, the Ireland based experimental musician Naoise Roo explores a dynamic range of styles and sounds, some abrasive and some reserved, but each retain her distinguishable timbre and commanding vocal presence. From the brooding blues rock lull of “Almost Perfect” to the clamorous guitar hysterics of opening track “Uh Oh,” (not exclude the cabaret-style piano ballad “Tie Me Up Tie Me Down”) Naoise establishes herself as a talented musician and songwriter who draws inspiration from a series of disparate, often contrasting, sources. Following the tradition of formidable female icons in 1990s alternative rock like Liz Phair and PJ Harvey, she translates the music’s general sense of vulnerability (both vocally and compositionally from producer Elder Roche) as raw, emotive power.

“Sing To You,” the penultimate track on her forthcoming debut, is perhaps Naoise Roo’s most restrained and remarkable performance. The song sustains a dejected, downtempo consistency for five and a half minutes before all the mounting tensions spills over, inciting a riotous wave of volatile guitar strokes. Lilith will be released April 27 via Little League Records on all digital platforms and will also be available on cassette tape and CD.

Angel E. Fraden

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