Lisa Hannigan – Lo (Official Video)

Lisa Hannigan has shared the video for beautiful new track Lo’, taken from third album ‘At Swim’ – which has already reached number 1 in Ireland (where it beat Frank Ocean to the top spot), becoming Lisa’s first top-40-charting album in the UK, and received significant critical acclaim. Lisa’s December Irish tour went on sale earlier today. ‘At Swim’ produced by Aaron Dessner (The National), follows the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut ‘Sea Sew’, and 2011’s ‘Passenger’ (which earned Lisa another Choice Music Prize nomination): further plans for ‘At Swim’ will follow shortly.

For me,” says Lisa, describing the ‘Lo’ video, “the important thing in the video was to capture the fizzy sort of panic that comes with insomnia, the wide-eyed waves of it. The only person I could think of that could convey such a thing in a 3 minute video was Mikel Murfi! We set up the upstairs room in Whelans as a bedsit and gave Mikel his mad jammies and off he went. He just had the most incredible kinetic energy inside himself and we all just watched in awe as he whirled around the room. It toes the line between funny and disturbing throughout, as it should be.”

The ‘Lo’ video also sees Lisa reunite with director Myles O’Reilly, with whom she previously collaborated on the ‘Knots’ video.

‘Lo’ is the latest offering from Lisa’s third – and arguably most bewitching – album, ‘At Swim’. After playing in support of ‘Passenger’ for nearly two years, she struggled at first to write new material: a new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London, and so adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation ‘Song of the Sea’, soundtrack work on ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed ‘Soundings’ podcast (which saw Lisa turn interviewer, and speak to guests such as Harry Shearer, Sharon Horgan and David Arnold). The breakthrough came when Hannigan got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National and producer for the likes of Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives. Taking up Dessner’s suggestion to work together and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Lisa to see her time in London in a different light. So while ‘At Swim’ is in part about homesickness and isolation, it’s also – profoundly and very movingly – about love.

Having first exchanged ideas over email and iPhones, ‘At Swim’ surfaced when Lisa and Aaron finally met up in Denmark: recording then took place in a church in Hudson, New York, during a furiously-creative seven-day stint. Despite openly being written lost-at-sea, you sense that at this point in her career, Lisa Hannigan is now a strong enough swimmer to go as far out as she wants; to darker depths than before, where the treasure lies, and bring it back to us.


Full list of dates are:

October 13             Cardiff                     The Tramshed

October 14             Brighton                 The Old Market

October 16             Oxford                     O2 Academy

October 17             Bristol                      Thekla

October 19             Glasgow                                    Oran Mor

October 20             Manchester           St Philip’s Church (SOLD OUT)

October 21             Liverpool                Arts Club

October 22             Leeds                        Brudenell Social Club

October 24             London                    Islington Assembly Hall (SOLD OUT)

October 25             Birmingham         Glee Club

October 26             Leicester                 O2 Academy

October 28             Leuven                    Hot Depot

October 29             Zurich                      Plaza

October 30             Milan                        Fabrique Milano

November 1          Berlin                       Admiralspalast Studio

November 2          Cologne                                     Studio 672

November 3          Paris                         Le Flow

November 4          Netherlands         Den Haag

November 6          Copenhagen         Falconer *

November 8          Oslo                           Rockefeller *
November 9          Stockholm              Kagelbanan *
November 11       Gdansk                    Stary Manez *
November 12       Warsaw                                     Stodola *
November 14       Berlin                       Admiralspalast *

November 15       Munich                    Theaterfabrik *
November 17       Zurich                      Volkhaus *
November 18       Lausanne               Salle Metropole *
November 20       Lyon                          Amphi *
November 21       Nantes                     Cite De Congres *
November 22       Paris                         Casino De Paris *
November 24       Lille                           Colisee *

December 1           Galway                    Seapoint Ballroom

December 2           Wexford                  O’Reilly Theatre National Opera House

December 8           Derry                        The Glassworks

December 10        Dublin                     Vicar Street

December 12        Cork                          Cork Opera House

December 16        Limerick                  Limetree Theatre

December 17        Drogheda               Beaulieu House & Gardens

December 18        Dublin                     Unitarian Church (All Ages Show)

December 21        Donegal                    An Griahnan Theatre

December 22        Kilkenny                 St Candice’s Cathedral

December 23        Waterford              The Theatre Royal

January 28            London                    The Roundhouse


* – supporting Agnes Obel /

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