RÓISÍN MURPHY ‘MI SENTI’ EP: “I WAS ON THE EDGE OF WHAT MY VOICE CAN DO”
Róisín Murphy returns with ‘Mi Senti’ EP (released via The Vinyl Factory on May 28), a very interesting collection of six Italian songs, five covers + one original song by Murphy.
She recorded this “challenging singing project”, with her partner (and Milanese music producer) Sebastiano Properzi, along with producer Eddy Stevens. Here’s her clever and modern take of Lucio Battisti’s ‘Ancora Tu’.
On the track, ‘In Sintesi’, Róisín says “In Sintesi came together very quickly and I think we all enjoyed the freedom of creating from scratch our own thing, after the weeks of work involved in getting the cover versions close to something we could be proud of. Knowing one’s own recorded version has to stand up against the great music you are covering is a pressure you don’t have when you write. It started like this; “How do you say ‘in synthesis’?”.
Róisín adds: “Quite apart from the language, in some of the songs I was on the edge of what my voice can do. For the Mina ones in particular [‘Ancora Ancora Ancora’ and ‘Non Credere’] there were tears and I almost walked away and gave up.” ‘Mi Senti’ showcases some of the greatest Italian singers and songwriters of the 60s and 70s, including Mina (‘Ancora Ancora Ancora’ and ‘Non Credere’), Patty Pravo (‘Pensiero Stupendo’), Lucio Battisti (‘Ancora Tu’) and Gino Paoli (‘La Gatta’). The EP also contains one original song, ‘In Sintesi’ (which translates to ‘In Synthesis’).
‘Mi Senti’ will be released as a digital download, and limited edition gatefold vinyl. Róisín is currently working on her new solo album.
Photo by Ami Barwell