The disco queen has shared the opening track of her first album in eight years.
Earlier this year we reported that Róisín Murphy was working on her first solo album since 2007’s Overpowered. The former Moloko singer has now detailed the forthcoming LP, entitled Hairless Toys, and shared a taster track.
‘Gone Fishing’ was inspired by the 1990 film Paris Is Burning, a documentary about New York’s ball culture, as Murphy explains:
“This song was written after I watched the documentary film Paris Is Burning, having read an article which referenced it in a discussion about House music’s origins in black, gay culture. I was deeply moved by this film. ‘I had to run this far from home’ — it’s about the outcasts who could never fit into mainstream society and how they created a safe place in the drag ‘Ball’ scene of New York in the ’80s. ‘Will we live on? The children of La Beija’ refers to the ‘house’ of Pepper La Beija, who was one of the most notable figures on the scene, Pepper is also quoted in Malcolm McLaren’s song on the same subject ‘Deep In Vogue’.
“The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring. I envisioned ‘Gone Fishing’ almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one’s own world, a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys.”
Hairless Toys will be released on May 11 via Play It Again Sam. [via Exclaim]