Saint Sister returned on Friday with their first new music since the enchanting Madrid EP from November of last year. ‘Tin Man’ and B-Side ‘Corpses’ carry on the same atmospheric mood that defined their debut with delicate melodic textures deftly propping up Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre’s gossamer vocals. In this instance though the music, produced by Alex Ryan, feels somehow disintegrated and sparse in a conscious way, the plucked harps on ‘Tin Man’ sounding somehow distant, the echoing vocal loops in ‘Corpses’ like a far-off siren song to lure you in.
This fragility is a powerful poetic fallacy for the lyrics, each line feeling rooted in some form loss or the fading presence of a loved one, an emotion or a time. The lyrics in ‘Tin Man’ centre on that loss in the form of someone’s presence in one’s life becoming a distant, faraway thing that still manages to retain a distinct power. It’s a typically heartrending number chock with engaging imagery. ‘Corpses’ is a similarly disintegrative cut taking the image of a fading photograph to express yet another birttle sense of ending
‘Tin Man / Corpses’ will be released on 7″ vinyl via Communion Music‘s singles club on December 16th. Saint Sister will be playing numerous dates throughout Ireland and the UK in November, for more information find them on Facebook.
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photo by Aodhagán O’Flaherty