Following a busy and exciting 2018 – which saw the release of their debut album ‘Shape of Silence’, an international headline tour, opening shows for Hozier and a Choice Music Prize nomination – Saint Sister (Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre) today release their enthralling new single ‘Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)’, out now.
Central to the song’s subject matter are palpable strands of social anxieties and homesickness. Of the lyrics, Morgan says:
‘The sentiment is twofold; on a very personal level it came from the homesickness and anxiety we were feeling on tour, all the while receiving messages from home wishing us well on our big adventure. From that, I had the first line, “Hope you’re having fun, all American.” The reality, however, was the two of us in the back of a van not getting to explore the different places we passed through, coping with the stress of a hectic new routine, and learning how to support ourselves as much as each other. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was supposed to be having the time of my life but all I wanted to do was go home.’
The melody, conceived in Kilmainham, and developed across a number of locations as far-reaching as Sydney and California, marks a progression in Saint Sister’s contemporary take on folk music coupled with a fresh approach in the duo’s songwriting.
Inspired by the formative experience of their first worldwide tour, Saint Sister were keen to practice a new way of working borne from a newfound understanding of each other as a result of the communal aspect of extended periods of travelling. A deepened closeness which has trickled into their songwriting. ‘Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)’ incorporates a myriad of R’n’B beats and various field recordings to complement their gorgeous harmonies and synonymous harp flourishes.
Saint Sister will play a headline show at London’s Omeara on Wednesday 2ndOctober. Tickets can be found here – https://tickets.lnk.to/
Listen to the track HERE