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    Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:01:56

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    This week's free download comes from Lisa Hannigan. The release is a short EP of songs "Live in Philadelphia" and it's available from those wonderful people over on NoiseTrade.

    Lisa Hannigan has a voice that is both vulnerable and resilient. It's hard to discuss Hannigan without referencing her recordings and performances with Damien Rice. Across his early releases Hannigan was a hugely significant element of Rice's work — her signature tone, and her ability to hang the weight of an emotion into a single breath, or turn of phrase, truly helped develop Rice's work.

    Since her solo career launched, some ten years ago, Hannigan has established herself as an artist capable of scaling down for intimate shows, or expanding her range to stop festival crowds in their tracks. She is not a 'performer' in the sense that you attend for the fireworks, light show and costume changes — but what you see is an artist who simply delivers and takes it all out on the stage. She is a mesmeric presence with a voice that somehow keeps the sky in place. While she has explored jazzier time signatures, and off kilter melodies that are almost alien in beauty, she has not strayed too far from the exploration of emotional landscapes.

    True, Hannigan does pursue larger, maybe political issues, and of course her view is rooted in a very particular feminine energy — but her natural strength is in making this about her, and her and you, or maybe just you. It's always better when it's personal.

    The tracks on this free download capture well the apparently easy grace of Lisa Hannigan's voice, and her ability to rouse and silence a room. Tracks like "Undertow" and "Snow" are like pins in a map — THIS is how it feels to be overwhelmed. The ability that the singer has to scale these concerns is evidenced well — and the download should be enough to spark interest in pursuing further purchases.

    Closing track "Prayer for the Dying" from 2016's The Swim album undulates perfectly through Hannigan's whisper-to-singing technique that draws in the ear. As she ponders "A prayer for the dying/ Oh, the sun coming up/ To fill all the corners/ So misunderstood" something unfolds in the performer — the openness of heart is remarkable.

    Download Free Music: Lisa Hannigan Live In Philadelphia

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    02.02.17



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