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ALBUM REVIEW : Róisín Murphy – ‘Hairless Toys’

Roisin Murphy TourThis ‘Roisin Murphy’ review was written by ‘The Gray Area Show‘ host Nick Gray, a GIGsoup contributor.

Easily able to consolidate such a range of influences – including her own extensive past – Miss Murphy celebrates over 20 years of musical activity with the release of her third solo collection.

‘Hairless Toys’ sounds like the definition of ‘no filler’ on an old-fashioned 8-track LP as she glides, confidently, through alternative, soulful, electronica. First single ‘Exploitation’ travels into unexpected contours, rhythms and soundscapes, from jazz guitar riffs to intelligent techno/house rhythm programs.

‘Based on a true story’ lyrics are simply the icing on a sufficient stand-alone instrumental. It’s extremely welcoming to hear dominant bass guitar (courtesy of Rob Mullarkey) on cuts like ‘Uninvited Guest’, and driving Dave de Rose drums accompanying Róisín Murphy’s storytelling lyrics.

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It’s difficult to pick an overall highlight but ‘House of Glass’ may win over the indifferent to electronic soul as it weaves its phrases into complete magic over its near 7 minutes. The bare title track represents the timeless cut of an outstanding set.

‘Hairless Toys’ is out now on Play it Again Sam Records.

You can see ‘Róisín Murphy’ at one of the following live venues…

May 22nd 2015 – Paradiso Grote Zaal, Amsterdam TICKETS

May 23rd 2015 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels TICKETS

May 24th 2015 – Maifield Derby, Mannheim TICKETS

May 29th 2015 – Electronic Beats Ewerk, Cologne TICKETS

May 30th 2015 – Brobe Freiheit 36, Hamburg TICKETS

May 31st 2015 – Berlin Festival, Berlin TICKETS

June 5th 2015 – Port Fluvial, Halluin TICKETS

June 6th 2015 – Port Fluvial, Halluin TICKETS

June 11th 2015 – Summer in the City, Vilnius TICKETS

June 12th 2015 – Yota Space, Moscow TICKETS

June 13th 2015 – Glav Club, Saint Petersburg TICKETS

June 19th 2015 – Sonar Festival, Barcelona TICKETS

June 26th 2015 – Rock Werchter, Werchter TICKETS

June 27th 2015 – Down the Rabbit Hole, Beuningen TICKETS

June 28th 2015 – Flow Festival, Ljubljana TICKETS

July 9th 2015 – Passeio Maritimo de Alges, Lisbonne TICKETS

July 10th 2015 – Optimus Alive H9, Lisbon TICKETS

July 11th 2015 – Nova Jazz and Blues, Wiesen TICKETS

July 24th 2015 – Audioriver, Plock TICKETS

August 7th 2015 – Smukfest, Skanderborg TICKETS

August 8th 2015 – Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire TICKETS

August 15th 2015 – Flow Festival, Helsinki TICKETS

August 22nd 2015 – For Noise Festival, Pully TICKETS

September 5th 2015 – Electric Picnic, Dublin TICKETS

September 12th 2015 – Le Trabendo, Paris TICKETS

September 13th 2015 – Bestival, Isle of Wight TICKETS

November 24th 2015 – O2 ABC, Glasgow TICKETS

November 25th 2015 – Albert Hall, Manchester TICKETS

November 27th 2015 – Eventium Apollo, London TICKETS

The full track-listing for ‘Hairless Toys’ is as follows…

‘Gone Fishing’

‘Evil Eyes’


‘Uninvited Ghost’


‘House of Glass’

‘Hairless Toys (Gotta Hurt)’


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