ROISIN MURPHY - TAKE HER UP TO MONTO! 2LP (PIAS)
Continuing the process of re-emergence that began with 2014's Mi Senti EP and 2015's critically acclaimed, Mercury Prize nominated album 'Hairless Toys', 'Take Her Up To Monto' is an album which crackles with wild invention. If 'Mi Senti' EP was a "love letter" to Murphy's creative life, then the sessions that followed were a full-blown symphony. Five intensive weeks working alongside long term musical collaborator Eddie Stevens resulted in enough material for two albums. 'Hairless Toys' served to ease her audience into this new phase of Murphy's career, before hitting them full force with 'Take Her Up To Monto' Flights of disco fancy, dark cabaret, the sonorities of classic house and electronica, the joy and heartbreak of pure pop, torch song drama, 'Take Up Her To Monto' has everything Murphy's always done - but seen afresh. Made into new, strange shapes. The title originates from an Irish folk song, popularised by The Dubliners and sung to Róisín by her father - "It's me and my rhythm. It's very simple, really - but very complicated."