Dublin artist Sorcha Richardson is releasing a new single 'Archie' along with a stunning cinematic video . ‘Archie’ is a coming-of-age tale based upon friendship rather than love, and those big open road dreams of where that naive, teenage love of music may one day take you. It’s also symbolic of Sorcha’s disregard for genre expectations. What starts as dusky, desert folk suddenly takes on a grander, majestic elegance. It is the highly anticipated follow up to Sorcha's debut album ‘First Prize Bravery’ and she has garnered almost 48 million streams on Spotify alone. Sorcha has just finished supporting Villagers on a European Tour in May along with a special showcase event in LA as part of the School Night Show and played the Barbican, London show on May 26th.
About 'Archie' Richardson says... “I was trying not to think too much about genre, so the references could be anything from Carole King to LCD Soundsystem.” Just as importantly, music and mood are inseparable. “The stakes in these songs feel high, these moments are so charged and magnetised, and I wanted the music to match that adrenaline.”
This track comes after the release of her cover of Johnny Nash's 'I can see clearly now' which was exclusively recorded for the opening sequence of a new TV series “The Dry '' that used 13 of her songs across all episodes. Sorcha Richardson’s debut album ‘First Prize Bravery’ was the culmination of her experiences throughout young adulthood, a time during which she ventured from home in Dublin to New York, Los Angeles and then back again. Greeted by critical acclaim from Nylon, The Irish Times, DIY and more, comparisons were made with Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers et al, leading to a nomination for the Choice Music Prize. She toured the UK and Ireland, hit a few festivals and then… well, we all know what threw a spanner in the works. Two years on, and she seems to have made peace with her misfortune - especially as she has friends who never got to fully tour their releases which emerged at a similar time. “In some ways I feel lucky that we at least got one lap around the track,” she evaluates, noting that her subsequent Irish headline tour was rescheduled so many times that the exact number has been lost to history. “It felt like it killed some of the momentum I had drummed up. But it also meant that I had all the time in the world to make my second record.” Instead, she moved into her late grandparents’ house, turned the living room into an impromptu if elementary studio, and delved into the “static process” of working alone, and then a month-long love/hate process of almost daily sessions via Zoom.
Starting as a highly atmospheric track, Archie turns into a full band anthem as the song develops. You clearly notice the maturity in the lyrics, the singer realizes the man she thought she loved isn't the right one for her as he wants something different from life than she wants. That's sometimes the reality of life and of living with a musician too. The vocal delivery goes along with the sentiment of the song, it's not emotional over the end of the relationship, it accepts the situation as it is.
"The band is fit to break yeah
You’re giving it til spring
You play it til they wake up
But no one wants to sing"
Sorcha Richardson- Tour Dates:
FRI 29 JULY – SUN 31 JULY - All Together Now 2022 Portlaw, Ireland
FRI 2 SEPTEMBER – SUN 4 SEPTEMBER - Electric Picnic 2022 Stradbally, Ireland