Now Playing: Sinead O’Brien – 'A Thing You Call Joy'

Monday, September 23, 2019
Photo by Zac Mahrouche

Limerick artist and the ever-so-talented Sinead O’Brien recently shared her latest single 'A Thing You Call Joy', which comes before her supporting shows with Pond and whenyoung in the UK and Europe. The release of the track sees her join forces with Chess Club Records.

'A Thing You Call Joy' once again shows her distinct and mesmerising brand of songwriting — which is vivid and evocative. Her lyrics stream like a poem and you can feel every word. Lyrics like the opening line, "Grip the water flowing and it falls, faster from the palms," are moving and visually potent. In her detailed explanation of the track, she said:

"The track works out its themes by way of moving us continuously through lyrics, rhythm and narrative. The opening line, ‘Grip the water flowing and it falls, faster from the palms’ comes from my mother. Imagery of water gives momentum driving the narrative forward while exploring different physical landscapes: “Into the cave I keep going”, “in the hallways of the mind, in the corridors of midnight”. The change of day to night is the recurring ‘on-off’ which triggers the cycle to begin once again. There is a feeling of being ‘pulled’ or ‘thrown’ by the never-ending coming of the hours. The relentless turning over of time.”

Artists like O'Brien don't come around often, and her poetic-post-punk masterpiece is a track that deserves to be treasured.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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