Audio: Roisin Murphy Is Having A Ball On 'Gone Fishing'


You don't know how long I've waited for this... After scatterings of singles and experimental outside projects (the most recent being an EP of songs sung entirely in Italian) Roisin Murphy is properly returning this year with the follow-up to 2007's Overpowered. Oh rapture! Hairless Toys won't be out till May 11th, but Murphy is not toying with us any longer (thank goodness) as the first single, "Gone Fishing" has made an appearance.

Produced by her long-time live show co-hort Eddie Stevens, "Gone Fishing" was inspired by the iconic 1990 Jennie Livingston-directed documentary, Paris Is Burning, which fascinatingly focuses on the LBGT ball culture of 1980s New York. (Pssst! if you haven't seen the film, treat 'yo self as it's currently streaming on Netflix!) "The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring," Murphy explains via press release. "I envisioned 'Gone Fishing' almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one's own world, a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture."

She gets it right, as with the lyrical imagery Murphy paints you can almost see the children of La Beija work their way onto the floor as the delicate and nuanced track lushly rotates in a Samba-esque atmosphere, its ping-pong rhythms melting into a cosmic spin as the song gets to its heat peak. Overall, the ode is some exceptional realness, and it's a great return for Murphy who always knows how to give us new corridors to discover in electro-pop.

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