Róisín Murphy - Take Her Up To Monto
With her follow up to 2015’s Hairless Toys the former Moloko songstress makes it a musical hat-trick, starting with 2014’s Mi Senti. Recorded during the same sessions as Hairless Toys, Take Her Up To Monto isn’t a radical departure sonically. Working with long time collaborator and producer Eddie Stevens, the tracks draw from a much more personal place than Murphy’s previous works. With her previous release drawing inspiration from the joy and tragedy of 80s New York House culture with its many sexual variations and liberations, Take Her Up To Monto, however, is grounded in Murphy’s personal experiences starting with the album title - an Irish Folk song that her father used to sing - and taking a tour of her life inside and out in her current London.
Musically, Take Her Up To Monto takes us on a whistlestop tour of musical influences and artistic sensibilities with Murphy filming a video for each track on the album, all underpinned with her unique and recognisable vocal stylings. Album opener, the epic dancefloor filling 80s disco anthem 'Mastermind', kicks off this ride to great effect with Murphy making her indelible mark. Highlights include the fantastic 'Pretty Gardens', a woozy psycho-sexual and sensual ride, part siren-like enticement and part fuck you to her detractors, channelling Kate Bush and Tom Waits, 'Lip Service' with it’s bouncing Bossa-Nova lounge Jazz with a smattering of sunshine, the pounding drumline of 'Ten Miles High' with the best Grace Jones impersonation this side of 1985, and the dream-like hushed ballad of 'Whatever'.
After Roisin Murphy’s five year hiatus the hat-trick of Mi Senti, Hairless Toys, and Take Her Up To Monto, sees her comfortable in her own skin with very clear artistic sensibilities and direction. Take Her Monto should definitely cement her position in the pantheon of the great timeless female singers such as Kate Bush and Bjork. Immediately familiar, but always pushing the envelope of their own musical stylings.