Saint Sister, the duo from the North of Ireland, are set to release their debut album, Shape of Silence. Tonight, they support Hozier at his sold out London show at Koko, before embarking on a three week headline tour of the USA and Canada, starting in Washington on September 21. Saint Sister’s recent single ‘You Never Call’, described by Clash Magazine as having an “astute pop touch” is reworked by James Vincent McMorrow into a lo-fi earworm, finding new sonic depths as the track progresses.
McMorrow is one of the best known and critically acclaimed Irish artists of the last decade. His earlier work was rooted in the Irish singer songwriter tradition, but on recent records he has embraced elements of electronica and R’n’B, particularly on the 2016 album, We Move. Saint Sister have made a similar journey themselves, their early work was built around the interplay of their intricate vocal harmonies against the backdrop of the Celtic harp. However, on recent singles ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘You Never Call’ they have expanded their palette, adding synthesizers and drum machine to create electronica infused pop.
The band are long time fans of McMorrow, “Morgan made a playlist for our first long drive together in 2014 and a lot of it was made up of songs from Post Tropical. Music we listened to around that time will always hold a special part in our hearts as we were just getting to know each other then. We developed a shared soundtrack when we started writing music together and James Vincent McMorrow was a big part of that. It felt like a real shot in the dark reaching out to James about the remix but we were so honoured when he said yes, we're so excited about what he's made”.
This remix also holds significance for McMorrow who says “I've started a lot of remixes for people but I've never been able to finish them, I've never been able to find a path through someone else's song that I could hear and turn into something new, they always ended up sounding like just another generic remix…....Guess I was just waiting for the right song”