Lisa Hannigan has shared the video for the beautiful track ‘Snow’, taken from third album ‘At Swim’ – which has already reached number 1 in Ireland (where it beat Frank Ocean to the top spot), becoming Lisa’s first top-40-charting album in the UK, and received significant critical acclaim.
Lisa has recently wrapped up an intimate, 16-date European tour in support of ‘At Swim’, and a further support tour for Agnes Obel across Europe, whilst now embarking on an Irish headline tour. ‘At Swim’ produced by Aaron Dessner (The National), follows the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut ‘Sea Sew’, and 2011’s ‘Passenger’ (which earned Lisa another Choice Music Prize nomination).
The ‘Snow’ video also sees Lisa reunite with director Myles O’Reilly, with whom she previously collaborated on the ‘Knots’ & ‘Lo’ video (he’s also worked with the likes of James Vincent McMorrrow, Villagers and Sinead O’Connor).
‘Snow’ is the latest offering from Lisa’s third – and arguably most bewitching – album, ‘At Swim’. After playing in support of ‘Passenger’ for nearly two years, she struggled at first to write new material: a new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London, and so adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation ‘Song of the Sea’, soundtrack work on ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed ‘Soundings’ podcast (which saw Lisa turn interviewer, and speak to guests such as Harry Shearer, Sharon Horgan and David Arnold).
The breakthrough came when Hannigan got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National and producer for the likes of Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives. Taking up Dessner’s suggestion to work together and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Lisa to see her time in London in a different light. So while ‘At Swim’ is in part about homesickness and isolation, it’s also – profoundly and very movingly – about love.
Having first exchanged ideas over email and iPhones, ‘At Swim’ surfaced when Lisa and Aaron finally met up in Denmark: recording then took place in a church in Hudson, New York, during a furiously-creative seven-day stint. Despite openly being written lost-at-sea, you sense that at this point in her career, Lisa Hannigan is now a strong enough swimmer to go as far out as she wants; to darker depths than before, where the treasure lies, and bring it back to us.