Following on from the stirring EP Ghosts, Irish singer-songwriter RUNAH releases her debut album Strange, out now via Beardfire.
From the garden in the beginning to the smoke of strife and war, the twisting sound of Strange stands naked but for sword and helmet, like Bellona. Vibrating waves rise and crash within warm low rhythm. Delicious instruments of torture engage the soul, the blood and bones. And like bells ring, beauty rings and swells wonderfully from song to song.
In this magic, if we stay, if we rest, who sits beside to listen like King David at his harp? Can we know devotion? Then all erupts, the splitting tones creeping into our shadows. We are lifted and cast into deeper waters, to die before we live eternally, breathing all the world at once, with RUNAH.
Using sacred stones, elements and other spiritual resources to create her work, RUNAH produces a body of stories surrounding both the physical and spiritual realm; creating an almost divine sound in the process. The ethereal soundscapes RUNAH builds are further enhanced by the production work of David Virgin, a member of industrial noise band SPK who’s sound inspired the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy and Chemical Brothers.
With Rohan Healey and Al Quiff (both sons of David Virgin) completing the band line-up, it’s easy to understand why RUNAH has already gained support from outlets such as Clash Magazine, Analogue Trash and Too Many Blogs; her delicately delivered, otherworldly sound captivating writers and audiences around the world. Indeed, having appeared at the renowned Sofar Sounds sessions, as well as performing in various cities internationally, RUNAH has begun to collaborate with other acclaimed artists. Most recently RUNAH worked with Florida based producer FKNSYD, on her recent 2018 EP Calcify, having already collaborated with Australian six-piece Fairchild, Melbourne based artist Calan-Mai, as well as recent supporting London based duo Empathy Test and Berlin’s Wolf & Moon. Now, with Strange due for release in Spring, and worldwide tour dates in the works, RUNAH is aiming to make an enduring impact upon 2019 and beyond.
Strange by RUNAH is out now via Beardfire.