Dublin artist Sorcha Richardson has released a new single ‘Archie’ along with a stunning cinematic video.
‘Archie’, released May 25th, is a coming-of-age tale based upon friendship rather than love, and those big open road dreams of where that naive, teenage love of music may one day take you. It’s also symbolic of Sorcha’s disregard for genre expectations. What starts as dusky, desert folk suddenly takes on a grander, majestic elegance.
Sorcha is fresh from supporting Villagers on a European Tour in May, a showcase event in LA as part of the School Night Show and is looking forward to a Barbican, London show on May 26th.
About ‘Archie’ Richardson says… “Archie is a song about teenage hopes and dreams and about losing touch with the people who you once shared them with. I wrote the earliest version of it at a writing camp in the Spring of 2021 with some of my favourite Irish songwriters. It was the one song from the camp that I kept coming back to but I would have left it off the album if not for Alex Casnoff’s influence. He was a real guiding light with this one.
We recorded it at The Clinic in Dublin with my band mates Joe Furlong, Cian Hanley and Jake Curran and it’s quickly become my favourite song to play live. As lame as it sounds, It makes me feel like I’m living out my teenage dreams when we play it. I think that’s one of the greatest feelings you can have.”
This track comes after the release of her cover of Johnny Nash’s ‘I can see clearly now’ which was exclusively recorded for the opening sequence of a new TV series “The Dry ” that used 13 of her songs across all episodes.
Sorcha Richardson released her debut album ‘First Prize Bravery’ it the culmination of her experiences throughout young adulthood, a time during which she ventured from home in Dublin to New York, Los Angeles and then back again. Greeted by critical acclaim from Nylon, The Irish Times, DIY and more, comparisons were made with Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers et al, leading to a nomination for the Choice Music Prize. She toured the UK and Ireland, hit a few festivals and then… well, we all know what threw a spanner in the works.
Two years on, and she seems to have made peace with her misfortune – especially as she has friends who never got to fully tour their releases which emerged at a similar time. “In some ways I feel lucky that we at least got one lap around the track,” she evaluates, noting that her subsequent Irish headline tour was rescheduled so many times that the exact number has been lost to history. “It felt like it killed some of the momentum I had drummed up. But it also meant that I had all the time in the world to make my second record.”
Instead, she moved into her late grandparents’ house, turned the living room into an impromptu if elementary studio, and delved into the “static process” of working alone, and then a month-long love/hate process of almost daily sessions via Zoom.
The new single ‘Archie’ is out everywhere now.