Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan’s highly anticipated new album, At Swim, will be released August 19 via ATO Records. The release follows her second full-length album, Passenger. “Prayer for the Dying,” the first track to be revealed off At Swim, is premiering today on NPR Music. Listen here: http://n.pr/1XEnBGo. The song is also available with album pre-order.
After touring in support of Passenger for nearly two years, Hannigan began writing songs for her new record. Although she struggled to write new material while living in London, away from home and from what she describes as her “usual anchors and points of reference,” Hannigan had a breakthrough when she got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner—guitarist in The National and producer of Dark Was the Night and records by Sharon Van Etten, This is the Kit and Frightened Rabbit among others. Working with Dessner and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Hannigan to see her life in London in a different light. Hannigan and Dessner (guitar) started recording the new record with Logan Coale (bass) and Ross Turner (drums) in rural Hudson, NY at Future Past Studio. In the weeks that followed, Dessner produced the record at his home studio. “He didn’t want it to sound too pretty,” Hannigan says. “He wanted it to have a texture rather than have big arcing melodies.” At Swim is in part about homesickness and isolation as well as about love.
To celebrate the release, Hannigan and Dessner recently appeared at Boston Calling and they will also perform at Eaux Claires Festival August 12-13. More U.S. tour dates to be added soon.
2. Prayer for the Dying
7. We, The Drowned
10. Funeral Suit