Róisín O has just unveiled the video for her latest single “Better This Way”, Set for release on Friday 21 October.
Recorded in Iceland, the video was directed by John Broe and filmed by Dara Munnis. It sees Róisín journeying through the awe-inspiring, yet harsh, Icelandic landscapes, mirroring the tone of the song.
Recorded in Eastcote Studios, London, the track was composed by Róisín O, John Broe (Miracle Bell) and CC Brez (Republic of Loose) and produced by John Broe and Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Kaiser Chiefs, Noah and the Whale) with mixing by Ciaran Bradshaw (Cathy Davey, Fionn Regan, Miracle Bell).
The single is part of the studio sessions for Róisín’s much anticipated second record, which will be released in early 2017. With its foreboding lyrics, ominous melodies and haunting blues guitar riffs ‘Better This Way’ seems to be a culmination of the talents of this writing trio.
Speaking about the track O explains; “‘’Better This Way’ is a bit of a departure for me, it’s a step away from the pop vibes of my last single ‘Give It Up’. In a way it’s a throwback to my folk roots but with a lot more darkness and grit than anything I’ve released before.”
This October Róisín O is stepping away from the studio to embark on her limited run ‘Studio Sessions Tour‘ which will see her present songs in more intimate environments across Ireland; “We have been working hard over the past few months developing the new record and I think it’s important to road test the new songs in venues where we can really feel the audiences reaction”. Róisín is taking the studio on the road and the shows will be recorded live in front of a small audience. The tour will showcase never before heard songs from her eagerly anticipated second album as well as reimagined versions of favourites from ‘The Secret Life of Blue.’
‘The Studio Sessions Tour’ will be Róisín’s final performances of 2016 and will cap off a year that has seen her tour Australia, Europe and America, including stand out performances on RTE’s Centenary Programme and JJ Abrams Oscars Party in LA where she shared the stage with Snow Patrol to perform for Steven Spielberg, James Cordon and more, as well as releasing chart hits ‘Give It Up‘ and ‘If You Got Love‘.
Róisín O has just released the highly anticipated video to go with her brand new single ‘Give It Up’. Written by Róisín, bandmate John Broe (Miracle Bell) and Danny O’Reilly (The Coronas), the video concept is also the brainchild of the bandmates and is directed by Broe. The video boasts a powerful performance from the singer as well as an impressive lights show all filmed in one take in a warehouse outside the city. The video comes ahead of a single launch in Whelan’s on May 14th.
Her hometown show in Whelan’s comes after a busy few months of travelling, including a tour in Australia in March 2016, and a performance at JJ Abrams’ Oscar Wilde Awards in LA earlier this year where she shared the bill with Snow Patrol to play for Stephen Spielberg, James Corden, and many more.
‘Give It Up’, produced by Eliot James, who has worked with Two Door Cinema Club, Kaiser Chiefs, & Noah and the Whale, was recored in Eastcote Studios where artists like Adele, Mark Ronson and Mumford and Sons have frequented.
Róisín O was recently invited to take part in the official 1916 Commemorations. She played in Dublin Castle on Easter Sunday at the State Ceremony attend by President Higgins along with many other honoured guests and relatives of those who fought in 1916. Róisín was also asked to perform a special rendition of ‘Grace’ in Kilmainham Gaol with her brother Danny and cousin Aoife Scott for RTÉ’s Centenary programme.
Speaking about the performance of Grace, Róisín said:
“I’m honoured to have had this very special opportunity to sing “Grace” in Kilmainham Gaol with my brother Danny & my cousin Aoife for RTÉ’s Centenary as part of the 1916 Commemorations. Singing this song in front of the jail cell doors in Kilmainham alongside Danny and Aoife was eerily beautiful and is a moment I’ll never forget.”