Sorcha Chisholm
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Sorcha Chisholm


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"Kiss of the Spiderwoman" (2003)
"Radiodaze" (2008)



”Your riff sounds like a requiem” quips one fan on Sorcha Chisholm’s Jango webradio page. With a flare for drama and sensuous storytelling, Sorcha enraptures and teases her audience with song material that may raise an eyebrow or two. Dynamic and mysterious characters emerge from her songs as if from some primordial swamp of the human psyche. Darkness never looked so beautiful. Of her inspiration Sorcha says she draws a lot from the books she reads, the bittersweet lessons of life and the world that seeps into her awareness.
“It’s a constantly revolving palate of influences, as Tori Amos (her mentor in chief) would say. If parallel universes exist, I like to think they have in me a channel in which to broadcast. I am their anchorwoman. My language and experiences are human and in that way I try to reach out to the audience. Fear and pain can be especially inspiring as once I’m able to throw them into a song they cease to have any power over me. It’s cheaper than a shrink.”

Australian born but now based in Tokyo, Sorcha is finding Japan an interesting backdrop to her musical development.
“The Japanese have an uncanny knack for finding simplicity amidst extremity. To a Westerner Tokyo may seem chaotic and over the top. It is actually a finely tuned organic machine where everyone knows their place and what they’re doing with themselves at every moment. Earthquakes are a daily reality here and so nothing is permanent or overly sentimental. For me it’s been a refining process. I’ve become more of what I am and less of what I’m not.”

In 2008, Sorcha released “Radiodaze” a 5 track EP with collaborator and producer Abertronix. Recorded at his home studio, Sorcha laid down the vox, piano and guitar while Abe contributed his amazing violin in addition to arranging, recording and mixing the tracks. They are currently working on Sorcha’s debut full-length album, scheduled for release in November 2010.

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