Róisín Murphy’s first album in eight years, Hairless Toys is a career defining tour de force. With “Gone Fishing” proving a fitting prelude with 140k Soundcloud plays and counting, Róisín Murphy has just revealed the second single, “Exploitation”.
Tipping its hat to the dark disco of Casablanca Records, an urgent shuffle of staccato synths, organ and guitar, ‘Exploitation’ says Róisín, “[Is] about sex. Dangerous fun.” Sonically adventurous with peerless production from long time collaborator Eddie Stevens, Hairless Toys embraces a broad palette of genres yet is consistently engaging and thrilling throughout.
Hairless Toys begins with “Gone Fishing”, which chimes like the bells of a buoy bullied by tide, everything hanging from a two-note octave. The lyric was written after watching Jennie Livingston’s Paris Is Burning, a study of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America. Elsewhere, the tracks “Evil Eyes”, “Exploitation” and “House of Glass” provide the extended shake-outs essential to any of Róisín’s albums, while “Exile” and “Unputdownable” hide huge country soul hooks amidst their inventive structures.
Pre-order Hairless Toys Here: album out May 12th.
Róisín Murphy will be performing at a selection of headline shows and festivals over the summer.
05-13 Brighton, England – Concorde *
05-14 Bristol, England – Trinity *
05-16 London, England – Roundhouse *
05-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso *
05-23 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique *
05-24 Mannheim, Germany – Maifield Derby *
05-29 Cologne, Germany – Electronic Beats
05-30 Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit *
05-31 Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
06-05 Zurich, Switzerland – Kauflenten *
06-06 Lille, France – Heartbeats Festival
06-19 Barcelona, Spain – Sonar
06-26 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter, The Barn
07-10 Lisbon, Portugal – Optimus Alive H9
07-24 Plock, Poland – Audioriver Festival
08-08 Oxfordshire, England – Wilderness Festival
09-05 Dublin, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-13 Isle of Wight, England – Bestival