Saturday, 12 March 2016

Single: Roisin El Cherif - Kerosene

Roisin El Cherif Kerosene

Roisin El Cherif - Kerosene

Info: Galway alternative pop solo act Roisin El Cherif released her debut single, 'Kerosene', just last week. Currently floating between her home city and Dublin, El Cherif's background is in media and film / TV production, something that assisted her greatly in co-directing and producing her first video. 

There are many blends at play on 'Kerosene', both visually and musically. In the pop sense, vocally we're in a half-way house between Evanescence's Amy Lee and Florence & The Machine a few octaves lower. The video accompanies the track well, drawing out the mystical elements of the lyrics and combining them with a gothic and medieval pagan ritual story which focuses on the use of spiritual redemption and forgiveness as an allegory for healing a fractured relationship. 

El Cherif clearly has an expansive imagination when it comes to themes and ideas and is able to condense these into a brand of pop music that will be palatable to a wide audience of varying tastes. It's really nice to see (hear!) that her vocals are the real deal too, with her live performance in the recent OB Sessions video below sounding pitch perfect. Our musicians seem to be getting really good at creating an authentic alternative to the drab over-commercialised and meaningless music which dominated our airwaves for the last 15 years and we have people like Roisin to thank for that, let's just hope the stations wake up to this fact sooner rather than later.

Roisin El Cherif - Addiction

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