Born in Ireland and based in Brooklyn, electronic music artist and vocalist Sorcha Richardson initially moved to the States several years ago to study. After quickly developing a number of close relationships within Brooklyn’s electronic music scene, Richardson found her own music leaning heavily towards an electronic-based sound. In fact, Richardson first caught the attention of the blogosphere when her collaborative project CON VOS received praise from Nylon, Pigeons & Planes, and Indie Shuffle.
Richardson’s bedroom-recorded debut EP, Sleep Will Set Me Free received 200,000 Soundcloud plays and as a result of the buzz around it, the follow up EP, Last Train was picked up and released by Crosswalk Records/Delicieuse Musique. Adding to a growing national and international profile, the Irish born, Brooklyn-based artist has played at several of her native country’s biggest music festivals, headlined a nubmer of shows across the States and has played sets at Northside Festival and CMJ.
Sorcha Richardson’s latest single “Petrol Station” is a contemporary electro R&B track which features Richardson’s effortlessly gauzy vocals over a minimalist production by Baile (aka Reed Kackley) comprised of gently undulating and cascading synths, and skittering percussion. Sonically, the track reminds me a bit of blogosphere darlings Sylvan Esso as the track possesses a coquettish sensuality and desire – and in something very simple, a visit from a lover, a night out with friends; however, at the very heart of the song is the sort of introspective songwriting complete with novelistic details – i.e., grass stained shoes, a bruised ribcage, standing at a petrol station – that reminds me of singer/songwriter-based pop along the lines of Dido. Or in other words, it’s rare feat of captivating and intimate pop in an age of faked intimacy and sincerity.