“Fader” By Róisín Murphy
Róisín Murphy returns today with a brand new single, “Fader”, the third puzzle piece to be taken from her highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Hit Parade’, produced in collaboration with electronic music auteur DJ Koze. Set for release on Ninja Tune, the bountiful 13-track album eloquently blurs genre and pushes sonic boundaries across its vivid and captivating runtime. “Fader” comes accompanied by a self-directed video and in a full circle moment is set against the backdrop of Murphy’s hometown of Arklow, County Wicklow (Ireland).
Presented in black and white – influenced by classic Hip-Hop videos of the early 90s – and also conceptualized by Murphy, who continues to steer all the creative direction of each of her projects, the “Fader” visual enlists the help of 150 Arklow locals, with the roads of Murphy’s hometown being closed off to recreate a street parade bursting with verve and life. Weaving through a troop of Irish dancers, majorettes, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and a brass band in tow, Murphy’s creative vision is brought to vivid life across the full track’s runtime. Having grown up in the town and leaving as a child to travel the world, it is difficult not to tap into Murphy’s sense of unification and fulfillment, shining a light on the brilliant people of Arklow.
“This idea came to me partly in reaction to making such surreal and ‘other’ imagery for the album artwork, and partly in response to the track itself. I felt I needed a totally authentic space in which to perform Fader. The song is about life & death & music and so I went home to where it all started for me. Just as in the music there’s a huge HipHop influence on the video and for me to have the sheer front for that, it needed to ring true and so my home town, Arklow was in fact, the only option. It was a huge task to take on, connecting with local government counselors because we had to close the high street and then, with local groups of all kinds, musicians, dancers, scouts, majorettes, farmers, fishermen etc and much of my family… doing something like this is a massive responsibility and it threatened to overwhelm me at times. But on the day we had Hollywood sunshine and just an incredible sense of goodwill. The people of Arklow made me so proud. It truly turned out to be one of best days of life…” Says Murphy.
“Fader” follows singles “The Universe”, “CooCool” — both of which received a coveted “Best New Track” designation by Pitchfork — and a limited edition white label release of “Can’t Replicate 12” Edit”, which ignited clubland at the start of the year, being championed by the likes of Daniel Avery, Peggy Gou, Jamie xx and many more. “Can’t Replicate” was also used as the soundtrack to the Chanel AW23 runway show during Paris Fashion Week in March.
1. What Not To Do
3. The Universe
4. Hurtz So Bad
5. The House
8. Free Will
9. You Knew
10. Can’t Replicate
11. Crazy Ants Reprise
12. Two Ways
Róisín Murphy Live Dates 2023/24:
Sun Jul 2 – Headline – Trinity Summer Series – Dublin, IE
Fri Jul 7 – Festival – Bilbao BBK – Bilbao, ES
Sat Jul 8 – Festival – North Sea Jazz – Rotterdam, NE
Sun Jul 9 – Festival – Cactus Festival – Bruges, BE
Thu Jul 13 – Festival – Super Bock Super Rock – Meco, PT
Sat Jul 15 – Festival – Gurtenfestival – Bern, CH
Sun Jul 16 – Festival – Castello Sforzesco – Milan, IT
Fri Jul 21 – Festival – Blue Dot – Jodrell Bank, UK
Sun Jul 23 – Festival – Secret Garden Party – Abbots Ripton, UK
Sat Jul 29 – Festival – Watt En Schlick – Dangest, DE
Sun Aug 6 – Festival – Spice Music Event Port of Burgas – Burgas, BG
Wed Aug 9 – Festival – Øyafestivalen – Tøyenparken, NO
Thur Aug 10 – Festival – Fest Fest – Chorzow, PL
Sat Aug 12 – Festival – We Out Here – Wimborne, UK
Sat Aug 26 – Festival – Connect – Edinburgh, UK
Sun Aug 27 – Festival – Lost Village – Lincoln, UK
Wed Sept 27 – Headline – Terminal 5 – New York, USA
Fri Sept 29 – Headline – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, USA
Sun Oct 1 – Festival – Portola – San Francisco, USA
Sat February 17th – Headline – Alexandra Palace – London, UK
Pre-order Hit Parade by Róisín Murphy HERE
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