Sequins 2

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Sequins 2
EP by Róisín Murphy
Released 14 February 2005 (2005-02-14)
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Electronica, nu jazz, alternative dance, pop
Label Echo (ECSY #161)
Producer Matthew Herbert, Róisín Murphy
Róisín Murphy chronology
Sequins 1
Sequins 2
Sequins 3

Sequins 2 is a limited edition extended play by Irish singer Róisín Murphy. It was released by Echo Records on 12-inch vinyl in February 2005.[1]


The opening track "Sow into You" uses a metaphor of rain and harvests to describe love and sex,[2] atop a baroque pop brass arrangement.[3] The third track "Dear Diary" is a torch song mixing northern soul with disco music[4] with the sounds of doorbells and telephones ringing.[5] The extended play closes with "Leaving the City", which slowly builds up during the introduction[3] and uses out of tune instrumentation and a repetitive chorus.[6]

Cover artwork[edit]

The cover of Sequins 2 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.[7][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.[7] 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. "Sow into You" – 3:56
  2. "Love in the Making" – 5:06
  3. "Dear Diary" – 5:50
  4. "Leaving the City" – 4:49


The following people contributed to Sequins 2:[11]


  1. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  2. ^ Mulholland, Garry. "'Sow into you' by Roisin Murphy". The Observer Music Monthly. 22 May 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
  3. ^ a b Raper, Dan. "Roisin Murphy: Ruby Blue". PopMatters. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
  4. ^ Oculicz, Edward. "Róisín Murphy - Ruby Blue - Review". Stylus. Retrieved 22 March 2007.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Ruby Blue > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  6. ^ Richardson, Mark. "Róisín Murphy: Ruby Blue". Pitchfork Media. 8 July 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  7. ^ a b Sullivan, Caroline. "Her time is now". The Guardian. 27 May 2005. Retrieved 7 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 2 (LP liner notes). Echo Records. 14 February 2005.

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