Sequins 1

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Sequins 1
Sequins1.jpg
EP by Róisín Murphy
Released 10 January 2005 (2005-01-10)
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Electronica, nu jazz, alternative dance, pop
Label Echo (ECSY #158)
Producer Matthew Herbert, Róisín Murphy
Róisín Murphy chronology
Sequins 1
(2005)
Sequins 2
(2005)

Sequins 1 is a limited edition extended play by Irish singer Róisín Murphy. It was released by Echo Records on 12-inch vinyl in January 2005.[1]

Songs[edit]

The opening track uses overdriven guitar parts and layers of overdubbed vocals.[2] Its lyrics caution a woman who has become out of control and its title was chosen to contrast feelings of passion and melancholy.[3] "Off on It", a more experimental song with an unsteady rhythm,[4] precedes Night of the Dancing Flame", which combines synthesizers with 1920s jazz.[5] It is written in waltz time[3] and was compared to Stevie Wonder's work during his peak.[6] The extended play closes with "Through Time", which opens with noises such as rustling and coughing,[5] and then proceeds into a ballad that was compared to those by Carole King.[7]

Cover artwork[edit]

The cover of Sequins 1 was painted by Simon Henwood. Murphy met Henwood in a pub, and Henwood, who was known for his simplified paintings of teenagers, thought that she would be a good subject for a painting.[6][8] Henwood came to Murphy's house the next week and, while they were looking through her wardrobe, decided to have her dressed in sequins.[6] Murphy positioned her body in abstract shapes for Henwood to paint.[8] She developed a character, which Henwood described as a "disco electro pop diva with a 1940s look".[9] His canvases were displayed at The Hospital in Victoria, London,[10] and Murphy purchased them "for [her] kids so they can see what [she] once looked like."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Róisín Murphy and Matthew Herbert.

  1. "Ruby Blue" – 2:48
  2. "Off on It" – 5:22
  3. "Night of the Dancing Flame" – 3:26
  4. "Through Time" – 5:58

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Sequins 1:[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". AskMen.com. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  2. ^ Richardson, Mark. "Róisín Murphy: Ruby Blue". Pitchfork Media. 8 July 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  3. ^ a b Tartan, Suzannah. "Diva sings hot and cold on solo debut". The Japan Times. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  4. ^ Oculicz, Edward. "Róisín Murphy - Ruby Blue - Review". Stylus. Retrieved 22 March 2007.
  5. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Ruby Blue > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  6. ^ a b c Sullivan, Caroline. "Her time is now". The Guardian. 27 May 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  7. ^ Endelman, Michael. "Ruby Blue | Music Review". Entertainment Weekly. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
  8. ^ a b c Pearson, Gemma. "Roisin Murphy". Fused, issue 23. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  9. ^ "Sleeve Graphics". Design Week, volume 20, issue 30, page 14. July 28, 2005.
  10. ^ "Roisin Murphy". Chrysalis Music. 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  11. ^ Sequins 1 (LP liner notes). Echo Records. 10 January 2005.

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