Lisa Hannigan debuts the official music video for her track “Lo” which appears on her new album At Swim, out now via ATO Records. Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2cJcoBc. Of the video Hannigan says, “The important thing in the video was to capture the fizzy sort of panic that comes with insomnia, the wide-eyed waves of it. The only person I could think of that could convey such a thing in a three-minute video was Mikel Murfi! We set up the upstairs room in Whelans as a bedsit and gave Mikel his mad jammies and off he went. He just had the most incredible kinetic energy inside himself and we all just watched in awe as he whirled around the room. It toes the line between funny and disturbing throughout, as it should be.”
Most recently, Hannigan performed “Fall,” “Prayer For The Dying” and “We, The Drowned” on WFUV, listen here: http://bit.ly/2caPOng. Additionally, she also appeared as a guest on NPR’s “World Cafe.” Listen to the interview/performance here: http://n.pr/2bG8QyN.
After touring in support of her last album, 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.
Hannigan’s 2008 Mercury Prize-nominated debut Sea Sew was released to widespread acclaim—The Los Angeles Times described the music as “charmingly idiosyncratic,” while People Magazine called it “dreamy.” In addition to her solo work, Hannigan sang with Damien Rice for seven years, touring worldwide. She contributed significantly to Rice’s platinum-selling debut O and critically lauded follow-up 9. She also sang with the legendary Herbie Hancock on a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” for his Imagine Project alongside the Chieftains and Toumani Diabaté.
In 2015 Hannigan made her film debut, providing the voice for a Selkie in the Oscar-nominated Irish animation Song of the Sea. Since then, she’s contributed a cover of “Danny Boy” to the TV series Fargo, as well as vocals for Steve Price’s scores for Gravity—which won an Oscar—and Fury.
2. Prayer for the Dying
7. We, The Drowned
10. Funeral Suit