- 07 Oct 19
With heavy anticipation for her debut album First Prize Bravery, out on 8 November, Sorcha Richardson releases the lead track, 'Honey'.
Following the release of the acclaimed comeback single ‘Don’t Talk About It’, one of Ireland’s most promising talents Sorcha Richardson today returns with the new stunning new song ‘Honey’. The track is the latest release off her debut LP, First Prize Bravery, due for release on 8 November 2019 via Faction Records.
Showing another facet of her talent, 'Honey' differs from the garage-rock vibes of her last single with a slow-burning meditative approach. The song features numerous dreamy vocal tracks laid over compelling piano chord progressions and serves as the opening track to the album.
“I wrote ‘Honey’ one night in the middle of winter, sitting at the upright piano in the house that I grew up in in Dublin," explains Richardson. "It was one of the the first songs that I wrote after deciding that I was going to make an album, and it helped me figure out a lot about what the album would be. With this song in particular, it feels like the less I say about it, the better. But I guess it’s just my attempt to articulate how it feels when somebody new comes into your life, very unexpectedly, flips your world on its head. And you're just scrambling in the wreckage of whatever that is, trying make sense of it all.”
The album serves as a collection of lyrical snapshots of her life as a twenty-something, accompanied by the desires, doubts, and developments that come with the twenties.
The Irish singer-songwriter has been cultivating a thorough fanbase for several years with singles such as ‘Ruin Your Night’, ‘Petrol Station’, and ‘Can’t We Pretend’ catching fire in Ireland and well beyond.
Richardson left home for Brooklyn as a teenager to study creative writing. She’d assumed her background as a drummer would lead to her playing in a college band, but instead she ended up recording lo-fi demos in her dorm. Picking up traction on SoundCloud gave her the confidence to begin singing while her studies sharpened her lyrical focus.
Moving back to Dublin, Richardson honed in on her musical drive and her musical output started proliferating. She wrote many of the songs for the album, including a few with Conor Adams of All Tvvins: 'Just To Exist' and 'Twisting The Knife', as well as 'No-One is Any Fun' for the All Tvvins album.
The final piece in the puzzle came in LA where Richardson was visiting friends. She ran into Alex Casnoff, the producer of several of her singles and previously a member of the bands Dawes and Harriet. He’d been focusing on film projects rather than music, but the pair reconnected and Casnoff came on board to produce the entire record. They completed the album within a month, with Richardson contributing vocals and guitar, and Casnoff on synths and piano.
“Releasing singles was fun because I felt a lot of freedom move around creatively," admits Richardson. "But I'm excited to present a more 360 version of what I have in my head. It lets me tell a more complete story.”
Ahead of the album’s release, Richardson will return to the UK to support Honeyblood before making an appearance at Camden’s Mirrors Festival. To celebrate the debut LP, she’ll then return to Ireland for a handful of headline dates, including a headline gig at Whelan's on 20 November. Tickets for the tour can be purchased here.
Take a listen to 'Honey' below:
24th Oct | Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union*
25th Oct | Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon*
28th Oct | Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms*
31st Oct: London, UK @ The Garage*
2nd Nov: London, UK @ Mirrors Festival
20th Nov: Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
21st Nov: Cork, IE @ Winthrop Avenue
22nd Nov: Galway, IE @ Róisín Dubh
* w/ Honeyblood
First Prize Bravery Tracklist:
2. Don’t Talk About It
3. Oh Oscillator
5. Red Lion
6. First Prize Bravery
7. High In The Garden
8. False Alarm
9. Twisting The Knife
10. Honey Heavy