10 Fakten zum neuen Album von Lisa Hannigan:
Hannigan’s voice is sometimes unadorned, or with minimal (often just piano) backing; even singing ghostly harmonies with itself.
Watery themes predominate, from the lovely, adorational Undertow’s offer to “swim in your current, flow on every word you say” to the disarmingly beautiful Ora’s haunting invitation to join her at “home” in the vast blue waters. Several songs have a deep, troubling power: death and darkness haunt We, the Drowned and Prayer for the Dying, and gentle opener Fall casually suggests: “Hang the rich and spare the young.” These are stunningly pretty songs with quietly powerful undercurrents.
Hannigan rewards close attention, though. Lyrical phrases float up that demonstrate she is a writer of great care, with an eye for an arresting image. We, the Drowned is extraordinary. “We, the ashes/ We spent our life like matches/ And burned our ships as black as the end”. It is a song that gives voice to the lost and brokenhearted yet somehow manages to be uplifting. “We sing and sing and the flames go higher,” she croons as her voice spirals into the ether. At Swim is an album to drown in.
At Swim is a low-key, dark piece of work on the overall, warmly hypnotic and welcoming in its well-layered, textured encampment of its own design in a sense not too dissimilar from the quietly chaotic, deeply personal worlds that Bon Iver and Gregory Alan Isakov have been able to develop in their music. With all of this said, however, it’s in a sense that relates most to the idea of Hannigan herself coming full-circle with her career in the opening moments of the album, wherein she accompanies herself with a simplistic, ominous strumming of her guitar on “Fall”. Her sweet yet foreboding vocals carry the song as it builds in its amount of layers, eventually culminating into a piece complete with moments of hushed, sweeping electric guitar, as well as moving strings on the tracks lower end.
01.11.16 Berlin, Admiralspalast Studio
02.11.16 Köln, Studio 672
14.11.16 Berlin, Admiralspalast
15.11.16 München, Theaterfabrik