Now Playing: Sinead O’Brien – 'Roman Ruins'

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Photo by Nicholas O’Donnell

Irish poet and performer Sinead O’Brien has shared yet another gem with her brand new single ‘Roman Ruins’ (via Chess Club Records). Once again, O’Brien proves why she is one of the most exciting songwriters around right now through her dazzling fusion of poetry and absorbing observations. The track is set to feature on her upcoming debut EP Drowning in Blessings, which is due for release in the coming months. ‘Roman Ruins’ was also produced by Speedy Wunderground’s own Dan Carey.

According to O’Brien, the startling number was written during a series of moments of heightened awareness whilst in a mansion in Hampstead with around fifty other people. She said, “All four of my bedroom walls faced a different room or hallway. It was set up like a boxing ring. I could hear multiple narratives, coming from all directions even in my sleep. There were ‘episodes’ reeling in my mind through the night and into morning. The relentless sounds, conversations. Images from the lyrics are also heard in the musical arrangement. ‘Standing still will kill you’; This shuffling drum, checking in and out like the rug pulling from underneath the feet. Unsettling the foundations. Revealing the ground under. The drum has this magnetic raw power over the other elements - almost tidal. I love this bossiness.”

Explore the magic of Sinead O’Brien and her new single ‘Roman Ruins’ below.

Written by Amy Smolcic

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