Róisín’s Hold

I’ve often written about music that is ‘perfect’ for winter and summer. Music which is attributed as ‘sad’ and ‘upbeat’ respectively. But really, there is a place for both all year round and I’ve been lazily framing my posts here for too long.
On what was a pretty cold Spring Friday night in Canberra, two very close friends of mine drove all the way from Sydney to lift my spirits after an eventful week. What a truly moving gesture! Perhaps, as I recall the weekend that followed thereafter, I should post a song by Grace Jones and dance. But right now I’m enjoying this pretty and sad new song by Róisín O.

Hold On still has its place because, as Róisín explains, it is about how “sometimes our minds take us to dark places and it gets hard to escape. A very close friend of mine was going through a tough time… and I found myself wanting to help make things better for him. Sometimes all you can do is be there and let them know things will be better one day.”

I haven’t before heard of Róisín O despite her obvious talent, and having released an album last year, The Secret Life of Blue. She is quite an elusive Irish bird, recently returning from a US tour but also signing to a German record label.
Róisín has been compared to some of the typical classic female favourites (Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom). For me, Róisín is a very important artist with a maturity and serious honesty currently a little lacking in the female market.
And to remove any doubt that this slow number is a one off, below is a stream of Climb High, and a video of Synchronicity, another beautiful song which I daresay I like the best; a perfect summer hit.

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