Lisa Hannigan and Stargaze: Live in Dublin – a musical match made in the heavens

Fri, May 31, 2019, 05:00

   
 

Album:
Live in Dublin

Artist:
Lisa Hannigan & Stargaze

Label:
PIAS

Genre:
Singer / Songwriter

Irish audiences will need no introduction to Lisa Hannigan; the Kildare woman is by now a stalwart of the indie scene, with three solo albums to her name and a long stint with Damien Rice before that. However familiar you may be with her songs, you’ve never heard them quite like this.

Hannigan crossed paths with the conductor of contemporary classical orchestra Stargaze in 2015, and her ensuing regular collaborations with them led to the recording of a full live album in Dublin last October. The delicacy of her back catalogue is both enhanced and expanded by these sumptuous arrangements, from the swoonsome Prayer for the Dying to the tender, hesitant Ora, the soft songbird shudder of her voice blending beautifully with the orchestration.

The addition of strings softens the electronic judder of Barton, while the gently majestic sweep of Little Bird could soundtrack a classic Disney montage. There’s a new song, too: the soft parps of brass on Bookmark break into a quirky, cantering torch song.

Lisa Hannigan and Stargaze: Swan

More new material would be nice, but, until then, this will tide you over very nicely.

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