Stream: Saint Sister – Castles


“My mother is lonely/My father speaks only to himself 
My sister’s in danger/Her lover’s a stranger.”

Undoubtedly the jewel in their lulling folk-pop crown, there’s a real immediacy poise to the lyrics of Irish Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre AKA Saint Sister. With their debut EP, Madrid, set for release via Trout Records on Friday, November 13, their latest single ‘Castles’ confines that intimate, instantly relatable savoir faire to four minutes of gossamer-like song, relaying succinct, unspoken truths of – perhaps unmistakably Irish – family life.

Recorded in a short, purportedly “intense” session at Noise studio, Co. Kerry by Alex Ryan of Hozier, Madrid – and the band’s described “atmosfolk” sound – is “a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.”

Saint Sister will play the following dates in November and December.

Nov 12: McHughs, Belfast
Nov 13: Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
Nov 15: Theatre Royal, Waterford
Nov 22: Upstairs in Dolan’s Pub, Limerick
Nov 26: The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Nov 27: Kavanaghs Bar & Venue, Portlaoise
Nov 28: Roisin Dubh, Galway
Nov 30: The Shacklewell Arms, London (Trout Records Showcase)
Dec 03: The Pavilion, Cork

Stream ‘Castles’ below. Photo by Aodhagán O’Flaherty.

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