Saint Sister have taken their time with this one, and the wait has been well worth it. The Irish folk-pop duo are gearing up to release their debut album Shape of Silence, and have given us a sneak peak of what's to come by dropping their first single "Twin Peaks."
Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre of Saint Sister first graced the world with their complex harmonies and melancholy tunes in 2015 Madrid, a stunning debut EP. They have spent the last few years touring with the likes of Lisa Hannigan. Speaking as to why the duo waited so long to produce a full-length album, Doherty explains:
Morgan (MacIntyre) and I only met three and a half years ago. It's such an intimate thing, working so intensely with one other person. We could have released it a long time ago, but it would have been very different. We didn't want to just throw together the first batch of songs we had written; We wanted to push it and make something that we were really proud of, that made sense as a piece of work.
Heavily rooted in traditional Celtic folk with an electronic pop twist, "Twin Peaks" has a celestial, modern feel while remaining familiar and down-to-earth. Their music is imbued with a little of the same magic The Cranberries had. All of the best elements from Madrid are present in "Twin Peaks," but the growth of the band is obvious. The harmonies are heart-wrenching; it is hard to believe these women have only been singing together for three years, because they sound as though they've learned to vocally blend with one another from infancy.