Last time electro goddess Roisin Murphy blessed us with new music (2015's Mercury Prize nominated Hairless Toys), she took a seven-year break before going back to the studio. We won't have to wait that long for the release of a new LP, Take Her Up To Monto, coming to us this July, just a year after her previous output.
"Ten Miles High" is the first official single from the new album. Murphy directed the mind-bending, lo-fi video accompanying the song. Set in the streets of London, it's somewhat reminiscent of her 2007 hit, "Overpowered," in which Murphy went about her everyday errands in haute couture costumes:
"I was scared of 'Ten Miles High' when I wrote it because it seemed to be really 'Pop,' and I was afraid it wouldn't fit in on the record," the Moloko singer says. "But I got over myself."
The songs refers to the concept of "realness" as used in the ballroom scene and drag/voguing culture, a recurring theme in Murphy's work:
"It's 'reality' but not as you know it," Murphy explains. "(It's) Akin to 'realness' a concept from the New York gay ball sene, it's a kind of drag, playing 'real' and 'accepted' stereotypes in another kind of environment entirely. Dressing 'straight' seamlessly but somehow doing it better and showing how strange and beautiful the ordinary can be if you just see it through a slightly different prism."
Murphy will also be touring Europe this summer. The Irish singer will set a record as the first artist ever to headline London's Globe Theatre (on August 15th) in a landmark performance. Scroll down to see her full European tour dates.
Take Her Up To Monto is out July 8th.
Roisin Murphy Tour Dates:
June 19 - Secret Solstice, Reykyavik, Iceland June 22-26 - Glastonbury, Somerset, UK July 12 - Just Music Festival, Rome, Italy July 15-17 - Longitude, Dublin, Ireland August 13 - Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary August 15 - The Globe, London, UK August 19- Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium August 26 - Zurich Open Air, Switzerland August 28 - The Big Feastival, Cornbury, UK September 3 - Festival No. 6, Portmeirion, UK September 10 - On Blackheath, London, UK September 11 - Lollapalooza Festival, Berlin, Germany