- 13 Jul 22
The Dublin based musician follows up her critically acclaimed debut album with Smiling Like An Idiot, out September 23.
Irish singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson has released 'Shark Eyes', the second single from her highly anticipated, just announced, sophomore album Smiling Like An Idiot.
The artist's second LP will release on September 23, featuring this latest drop along with the anthemic indie-folk ballad 'Archie'.
'Shark Eyes' is a heart-wrenching, relatable indie-rock track, which recalls the confusion of an imbalanced relationship. Coupled with the softer feel to 'Archie', these tracks lead us to believe Smiling Like An Idiot will amalgamate as a diverse, dynamic release.
Speaking about 'Shark Eyes', the musician said: "Shark Eyes is about being totally infatuated with someone who you know isn’t as interested in you as you are in them. It’s about following your darker and more destructive impulses and allowing yourself to be taken for a bit of a ride, partly out of boredom and curiosity, but also partly out of a lingering hope that maybe this time it will end differently.
"I think I wrote it as a way of admitting to myself that that relationship would never be anything more than it already was, but I wanted it to still have the sweetness of a love song. Sometimes there’s a real lightness and relief in coming to that realisation about someone and knowing and accepting the limits of your relationship with them. It was the first song I wrote for this album and the first thing that Alex and I worked on together since we made my debut album First Prize Bravery. I think it acted as a bit of a green light to keep going."
Sorcha Richardson’s debut album First Prize Bravery traced the experiences of her young adulthood, where she ventured from home in Dublin to New York, Los Angeles and then back to Ireland. Comparisons were made with Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and more - leading to a nomination for the Choice Music Prize.
Given the spectacular response to the artist's debut album, it seems fair to agree with her dismay at the misfortune the pandemic brought this musician - leading to constant show rescheduling and an undue halt to the progress made with her emergence onto the scene. Two years on, and she seems to have made peace with her poor luck. "In some ways I feel lucky that we at least got one lap around the track," Richardson evaluates. "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."
During the pandemic, Richardson moved into her grandparent's house, turning the living room into an impromptu if elementary studio. From here she delved into the "static process" of working alone, and then a month-long love/hate process of almost daily sessions via Zoom.
Smiling Like An Idiot is sure to be a treat from this Dublin based singer. Pre-save the album here.
Check out Sorcha's new single 'Shark Eyes' below.
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