Music has the ability to stop me in my tracks. This happened to me while reading an interview with an artist that I’ve heard about but to be honest, hadn’t made the effort to check for the music. I first heard of Sinead Harnett on Wiley’s ‘Chill Out Zone’. Although ‘Seduction’ was my standout track on the EP, Sinead’s feature on ‘Walk Away’ was a worthy addition on a song that had Wiley leaning on the more conscious side of rhyming.
Listening to Rinse FM over the years, I’ve come across Sinead Harnett’s music so when I saw her interview with RWD Magazine on my timeline, I clicked and read it through. Since I already had to drive through East London it was time to finally press play on Sinead’s EP. I love listening to music in my car and my sound system gives me complete freedom to blast tunes without annoying my neighbours. Since I had the space to catch all the sonic details that I wouldn’t hear in my headphones on a packed tube carriage, I could see why collaborating with GRADES, JD. Reid, KAYTRANADA and Snakehips was music made for a therapeutic ride.
Opening with, ‘If You Let Me‘, Sinead had me wanting to rewind the track from the hook. Sinead has a flair for words that grab you with her willing vulnerability all while expressing her intention to win over the heart of another. Sinead and GRADES collaborate over an arrangement that beautifully showcases a lyrical strength and musical confidence that reveals someone who’s still hanging on previous encounters but longs for more. This is a solid opener for the EP that sets the tone for the rest of her songs.
Your words, how they cut me to threads / But to tell you the truth, every piece is for you
After about 3 reloads, I finally had to move onto the next tracks, my destination was getting closer and I needed to complete the EP before stepping out of the car. With Sinead nothing feels the same, as the next 3 songs hold the connection while unravelling stories of unrequited love resulting in a mixture of sultry and upbeat songs. Effectively describing different phases of lessons in love, from the feeling of regret in ‘Love To Lose’ to the bouncy Kaytranada produced ‘Say What You Mean‘, the production across the EP is seductively clean and fresh. Nothing sounds like it’s forcefully produced to fit into the current climate of music and it’s pulled together on an EP that’s centred wholeheartedly around Sinead Harnett’s songwriting. I found myself repeating songs, not only because of the beats, but because of Sinead’s words. The cohesiveness of the EP draws you in, just like the way the Sinead can tell a story, yet it works even if you play the songs randomly.
Judging by the songs on the Sinead Harnett EP, it seems that Sinead’s got her groove back, and simply put I love the EP for the pure insight into her musical work. This is where Sinead is as an artist, where she is with her sound and what she’s experimenting with right now.