News Sinead O’Brien announces debut album ‘Time Bend and Break The Bower’

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Check out new single ‘Holy Country’ now.

Set for release on 10th June via Chess Club, Sinead O’Brien has announced her debut album ‘Time Bend and Break The Bower’.

“The story of the album is built up in layers; one song giving context to the next” explains Sinead; “I thought about becoming undressed; testing my ideas, my voice. Working myself out across themes of identity, curiosity, creative process. Experimenting with the form and shape of language, using tone and delivery to get to the immediate centre of what I am saying. The record opens and closes with poems, these tracks have a really clear direction - a form which is set apart from the ‘songs’. I hold stops in different places, moving emphatically through the lyrics, changing the meaning. No punctuation - only the voice mapping out the way.

“The album title ‘Time Bend and Break The Bower’, from the song ‘Multitudes’, came into my head and made its demands, an idea that pressed on me throughout the record. It has a very active role. The clock symbol is enlarged, it looms like a moon over my activity watching, counting me down to zero. Dripping with self-sabotage and the feeling of being chased; it pulls and pushes against the verses which talk of ’Multitudes’; the things that faithfully come back - the images, the words, creativity. It is creativity itself.”

Check out new single ‘Holy Country’ below.

‘Time Bend and Break The Bower’ Tracklisting:
1. Pain Is The Fashion Of The Spirit
2. Salt
3. Girlkind
4. End Of Days
5. Like Culture
6. The Rarest Kind
7. Holy Country
8. Spare For My Size, Me
9. There Are Good Times Coming
10. Multitudes
11. Go Again

See Sinead O'Brien live at the following dates:

MARCH
12 - Route Du Rock, Saint-Malo, France
14- 20th SXSW Festival, Austin TX, USA
26 - M4Music Festival, Zurich, Switzerland

APRIL
09- Wide Eyed Festival, O2 Academy, Leicester, UK
29 - Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, Belgium (Belle and Sebastian Support)

MAY
01 - Get Together Festival, The University of Sheffield Students' Union, Sheffield, UK
12 - 14 - The Great Escape Festival, Brighton, UK
28 - 29 - Sea Change Festival, Totnes, UK

JUNE
06 - Primavera In The City, Barcelona, Spain

JULY
17 - Motherwell Concert Hall, Motherwell, UK (Belle and Sebastian Support)
29 - 31 - All Together Now Festival, Co Waterford, Ireland

SEPTEMBER
01 - 04 - End Of The Road Festival, Wiltshire, UK
15 - Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
16 - Le Point Éphémère, Paris, France
17 - Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
18 - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, Netherlands
20 - Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany
21 - Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark
22 - Obaren, Stockholm, Sweden
25 - Bumann & SOHN, Cologne, Germany
26 - Trix, Antwerp, Belgium

OCTOBER
09 - Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
10 - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
11 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
12 - Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
14 - Bodega, Nottingham, UK
17 - Lafayette, London, UK
19 - Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
20 - Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK
21 - Exchange, Bristol, UK
26 - Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
27 - Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
28 - Black Box, Belfast, UK
29 - Dolans Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland

NOVEMBER
14 - Roundhouse, London, UK (Belle & Sebastian Support)
17 - O2 Academy, Sheffield, UK (B&S Support)
24 - O2 City Hall, Newcastle, UK (B&S Support)
27 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK (B&S Support)
28 - O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK (B&S Support)
29 - Guildhall, Southampton, UK (B&S Support)
30 - Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK (B&S Support)

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