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Approved: Song Sung

By | Published on Thursday 27 February 2020

Song Sung

Twin sisters Georgina and Una McGeough grew up in Monaghan, Ireland, but only began making music together when they moved to New York around a decade ago. By the time they began working with David Holmes in 2015 – on their debut album that is due for release later this year – they’d amassed over 600 songs.

Their first encounter with Holmes came when they recorded a cover of 10CC’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ for his ‘LateNightTales’ compilation. From there, they continued speaking, ultimately working together on the Song Sung album. “We were very excited to work with David, the whole process was amazing and such a privilege – a golden collaboration”, says Una. “He got us immediately”.

Describing their unusual creative process, Georgina explains: “We make melodies using alternative ways, but we also dabble in software. In the beginning, we created melodies by using our own vocals over some of our favourite music. Our first apartment in the East Village was located above a bar and our back room was situated directly above the DJ booth. This is going to sound ridiculous, but it’s true, we started making melodies over the bass of the tracks coming through the floor from the bar below”.

It might sound ridiculous, but the influence of that way of working remains in their debut single ‘Come To The Water’. The track is taken from an EP, titled ‘I Surrender’, which precedes the full album. That EP – composed by Holmes with longtime collaborator Keefus Ciancia – is out on 27 Mar.

“‘Come To The Water’ is a song caught somewhere between obsession and vulnerability”, says Georgina. “There’s a fragility in the tone, a yearning within and an uncertainty in the end”.

‘I Surrender’ is out on 27 Mar. Watch the video for ‘Come To The Water’ here:

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