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Pop/Rock - Released May 31, 2019 | Play It Again Sam

This recording of a concert performed at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in October 2018 begins with two tracks from her third album, At Swim (2016). The performance has the effect of a waking dream in which she expresses a little joie de vivre and a great deal of pain. In this live recording, the singer reinforces the dreaminess of her songs with not only the intrinsic magic of this concert, but also subtly iridescent arrangements. The contemporary classical orchestra s t a r g a z e, led by German conductor Andre de Ridder, accompanies Hannigan on this sparkling and hypnotic journey. Lisa Hannigan’s two other studio albums are also well represented, in particular through the ray of sunshine Lille and the poignant waltz Nowhere to go taken from Sea Sew (2008) and Passenger (2011) respectively. Although Lisa Hannigan’s charming folk remains beautiful and ever-present in these reworkings of her great songs, the contribution of s t a r g a z e brings a color that works to profoundly universalize the style and direction of Damien Rice’s old associate. This Live in Dublin rarely diverges from the ethereal ambiance that was created by the original orchestration (and indeed the soft and vibrant voice of the singer), even though the distinct pace of the album is often broken up by more energetic tunes in which rhythm plays an important role (Swan, A Sail, Lo). The album includes a striking reimagining of Only You by The Platter (Prayer for the dying), as well as the all-new track (Bookmark), in which the melancholic and majestic melody reaches emotional heights. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

Pop - Released August 19, 2016 | Play It Again Sam

The third studio long-player from the Irish singer/songwriter, the aptly named At Swim is a beguiling collection of aqueous and often elegiac indie folk ballads that seep syrup-slow into your bones, inducing both goosebumps and a teeth-chattering chill. Despite being written after a severe bout of wanderlust and writer's block that saw Hannigan globe-trotting for inspiration, the ten-track set is her most galvanized offering to date; a languid river of song that transcends its myriad watery metaphors via an adjacent undercurrent of morbidity and existential angst that suggests a real sea change. Produced with terrific restraint by the National's Aaron Dessner, At Swim is awash in plucky banjo, ethereal strings, offbeat percussion, and isolated, heavenly piano motifs that drop down into the drink like a kingfisher collecting its quarry. As per usual, it's Hannigan's otherworldly voice that provides the anchor, effortlessly shifting from smoky lows to crystalline highs like a precision sports car on a twisty mountain test drive. Standouts like the torchy "Prayer for the Dying," which pairs vintage Patsy Cline production with a brooding melody that comes off like a mash-up of "What a Wonderful World" and Radiohead's "Creep," the bucolic "Ora," and the softly propulsive, Kate Bush-esque "Undertow," utilize Hannigan's gifts for both range and economical poetry -- never one to bloviate, she has the Irish knack for distilling the vastness of misery, heartache, and shame into tidy couplets such as "Oh we the wrong, we the sewed up and long gone, were we fallen all along." However, that emerald touch can also transmute despair into comfort, which is ultimately what makes At Swim such a compelling listen. This is an album to listen to in front of a crackling fire, with a very strong drink, at the end of a very arduous day. ~ James Christopher Monger

Pop - Released July 30, 2012 | Play It Again Sam

Debut album from rising young Irish singer/songwriter probably best known to British audiences for her vocal performances on records by her fellow countryman Damien Rice. Hannigan's quirky, literate, acoustic folk-pop, rich with the backing of strings, brass, and glockenspiel, is more upbeat than Rice's, and is comparable to the work of Kathryn Williams and Juliet Turner. This self-produced debut has garnered several award nominations and substantial praise both in her homeland and in the U.S.

Folk - Released September 12, 2011 | Hoop Records


Folk - Released October 10, 2011 | Hoop Records

Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan's second studio album, the lush yet hushed and evocative Passenger, firmly establishes the former Damien Rice accompanist as a formidable solo artist in her own right. Bolder than her 2009 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and cut with an effortless blend of defiance and sweetness, the ten-track collection stays true to Hannigan's folksy roots while establishing a more expansive pop sound. Throughout it all, it’s her mercurial voice that dominates, a croon that can go from the whispery, back-of-the-throat moan of Jesse Sykes and Vashti Bunyan to the crystal-clear, goosebump-inducing rallying cries of Florence + the Machine and Sandy Denny in a heartbeat. Hannigan marches through the gate triumphantly with “Home,” a soulful, heavily orchestrated anthem built on the notion that “Every falling flake of snow, it has to give in, oh but we spin, and we spin and we spin.” If anything, it’s that fine line between grace and futility that propels Passenger's finest moments, like the honest, post-breakup nostalgia of “Little Bird” and “Paper House” and the sinister north-country stomp of “Knots,” the latter of which skillfully entwines the woodsy defiance of Gillian Welch with the bluesy windswept angst of Fiona Apple. Solid yet understated, it's Hannigan's obvious gift for melody, tasteful arrangements, and remarkably emotive elocution (when her voice breaks, the heart follows suit) that keeps Passenger afloat, while the world schemes and churns beneath. ~ James Christopher Monger

Pop - Released April 3, 2017 | Play It Again Sam


Pop - Released July 7, 2016 | Play It Again Sam


Pop - Released August 16, 2016 | Play It Again Sam


Folk - Released October 1, 2012 | Hoop Recordings