Róisín Murphy

Abstract Earth Project Presents

Róisín Murphy

Mon, April 17

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Wonder Ballroom

Portland, OR

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 21 and over

Róisín Murphy
Róisín Murphy
"The music is wild and free to go where it damn well where likes, the older I get the more I realise there's zero point in struggling against the natural flow of things. Eddie Stevens and I have been making glorious fools of ourselves on stage and exploring musical worlds together for 20 years. The main ingredient in both these records is intimacy and it’s that intimacy that allows for such creative freedom. " “Monto (Take Her Up To Monto)” is an Irish folk song, written in 1958, later popularised by the Dubliners – it's etched into Róisín Murphy's musical being. “Me Da used to sing it to me when we were walking down the street – still does actually – because it's got a walking tempo, and I still sing it to myself when I'm walking along. So it's a little postmodern fragment, a bit of history. But also it's me. It's my way of saying 'How're ya lads? Here I am. Warts and all, this is me.' It's me and my rhythm. It's very simple, really – but very complicated.” Very simple but very complicated: that's Murphy all over. Someone who writes songs that hit you direct in the pleasure centres, but possessed of unending, disconcerting complexities that unfold out of every phrase and snippet the minute you begin to look into them. The Take her up to Monto album has got everything she's always done – flights of disco fancy, dark cabaret, the sonorities of classic house and electronica, the joy and heartbreak of pure pop, torch song drama – but seen afresh, made into new, strange shapes.