A music blog from Ireland.
Q :: What do you get the woman who has it all? A :: Video editing software and a new microphone.
This video for Forever Love has done the rounds this week, rightly so as it’s a welcome first installment from the new Laura Sheeran album What The World Knows which is due in early April. After raising the money for her debut album on Pledge Music in 2010, backed up by just one free EP, she kickstarted in a way, the new trend for music crowdfunding that’s been quite successful of late. Lust Of Pig And The Fresh Blood was a difficult delivery and its arrival came with some clearly audible agony in those dark songs that were four years in reaching completion. Immediately after its release Laura was back behind the mic, releasing A Wake on a split 7″ with Katie Kim, the Murderous Love EP in October and the score for the aerial Paperdolls performance at the Fringe Theatre Fest. Along with the second LP Laura is also hard at work in a second band Nanu Nanu.
For this number, Laura’s moved away from the mighty instrumental arrangements. It’s a slow burner, using little more than a low drone and percussive tension to progress but then, that new mic comes into its own and Laura’s voice is heard as she always longed for it to be. Although the impetus falls upon her vocals, the holistic approach that Laura takes by applying herself personally to all aspects of her work means that her music never sounds like she’s just another singer with a back-up band. It’s all her, and while you can tell she finds inspiration in the virtuoso talents of Kate Bush and Siouxie Sioux, mixing style with Western mysticism She shed the expectation of coy performer, the same way she strips away the superficialities that surround the depiction of beauty in her videos. The aerial dancer seen here is Emily Aoibheann, a fellow of the same school of thought, a fine musician and performer in her own right.
What the world should know is how involved Laura Sheeran is with her work, putting in long hours on a constant basis. She oversees everything from the track mixing to video direction and her own costumes, photography and design, all on top of the strenuous demands of writing and performing the music itself. It must be said also that she seems to make the time for these things by forgoing the promotional route, striving to constantly create and share new material, steadily building on her releases to feed the fans’ attraction, rather than building on fans to increase the output, putting the word ‘right’ into ‘DIY’.
Forever Love is free to download from Bandcamp.