Today sees the release of ‘Museum’ – the bold and beautiful new track from Northern Irish cellist and singer, Alana Henderson. The single is taken from her upcoming EP of the same name, due for release later this year.
“I grew up immersed in folk, you can hear that in my first EP – but I wanted to do something a little different with this EP,” says Alana on the new track, which sees her analysing the memories of a past relationship that has since fallen apart. “And I will just quietly curate this museum of thought // That no one but us ever entered,” she sings wistfully.
“And I will just quietly curate this museum of thought // That no one but us ever entered…”
Weaving pop, folk and electronic elements to craft a sound which is strikingly unique, the Museum EP is “based on relationships in their various stages of evolution. You have the falling in love, falling apart and looking back, and each song is a different part of that,” says the artist. 2019 sees Henderson with her trademark cello now bolstered with shimmering electronics and ghostly slide guitar; influenced by the likes of Arthur Russell (the first person she ever heard using a cello as an accompanying instrument at age 16) and June Tabor, whilst receiving worthy comparisons to Joanna Newsom and Laura Marling.
Alana Henderson made her debut in 2014 with ‘Wax & Wane’, an organic, slow-burn success which has amassed 9 million streams to date on Spotify alone. Lyrics that flirt with levity but lean towards the confessional, innovative cello playing, delicate production and a sense of intimacy. A two-year stint moonlighting as Hozier‘s touring cellist saw Henderson travelling the world paying her musical dues, but homecoming brought about a self-imposed hiatus and drawing-of-breath, punctuated by one haunting single release, ‘Let This Remain’ (2017) which will also be included in her upcoming EP.
‘Museum’ is out now.