Sequins 3

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Sequins 3
EP by Róisín Murphy
Released 2 May 2005 (2005-05-02)
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Electronica, nu jazz, alternative dance, pop
Label Echo (ECSY #162)
Producer Matthew Herbert, Róisín Murphy
Róisín Murphy chronology
Sequins 2
Sequins 3
Ruby Blue

Sequins 3 is a limited edition extended play by Irish singer Róisín Murphy. It was released by Echo Records on 12-inch vinyl in April 2005.[1]


The opening track "If We're in Love" is a downtempo song featuring a boogie swing rhythm and sharp brass parts, opening with phased vocals and closing with a call and response between brass and keyboard parts.[2] Following "Sinking Feeling", which uses a beat constructed from clicking sounds,[3] is "Ramalama (Bang Bang)", which contains a chorus of onomatopoeic lyrics[3] delivered over a tribal rhythm.[4] The extended play closes with "The Closing of the Doors", a cabaret-style ballad driven by the piano.[3]

Cover artwork[edit]

The cover of Sequins 3 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.[5][6] Henwood came to Murphy's house the next week and, while they were looking through her wardrobe, decided to have her dressed in sequins.[5] Murphy positioned her body in abstract shapes for Henwood to paint.[6] She developed a character, which Henwood described as a "disco electro pop diva with a 1940s look".[7] His canvases were displayed at The Hospital in Victoria, London,[8] and Murphy purchased them "for [her] kids so they can see what [she] once looked like."[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

  1. "If We're in Love" – 4:31
  2. "Sinking Feeling" – 3:32
  3. "Ramalama (Bang Bang)" – 3:35
  4. "The Closing of the Doors" – 3:29


The following people contributed to Sequins 3:[9]


  1. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Róisín Murphy: 'If We're in Love' [Track Review]". Pitchfork Media. 14 July 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Oculicz, Edward. "Róisín Murphy - Ruby Blue - Review". Stylus. Retrieved 22 March 2007.
  4. ^ Phares, Heather. "Ruby Blue > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  5. ^ a b Sullivan, Caroline. "Her time is now". The Guardian. 27 May 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  6. ^ a b c Pearson, Gemma. "Roisin Murphy". Fused, issue 23. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
  7. ^ "Sleeve Graphics". Design Week, volume 20, issue 30, page 14. July 28, 2005.
  8. ^ "Roisin Murphy". Chrysalis Music. 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  9. ^ Sequins 3 (LP liner notes). Echo Records. 14 February 2005.

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