Róisín MurphyFive questions for an art-pop icon.

Róisín MurphyFive questions for an art-pop icon.

Issue 49

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  • Words Charles Shafaieh
  • Photograph Nik Pate

For Róisín Murphy, unpredictability is a necessity. Amid the stultifying homogeneity of most contemporary pop and disco, the Irish-born artist’s catalog is a rich amalgam of musical styles and cultures, inspired as much by Iggy Pop and Grace Jones as by Laurie Anderson and J.G. Ballard.Her genre-melding predilections echo the diversity of revelers at Manchester and Sheffield clubs in the late 1980s and early ’90s, where she immersed herself at just 15 years old by staying put in Manchester, alone, after her parents split up and relocated. Perpetually strong-willed and independent, she reached fame as half of the superstar duo Moloko and has continued delighting her dedicated fan base in her solo career since. Preceding the release of her sixth studio album, Hit Parade, she spea...

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