UK singer/songwriter Sinéad Harnett returns today with the release of her soulful new single, “Body.” The delicate and sultry song offers listeners the first taste of what’s to come in 2018. Out via Rinse who have partnered with tastemaker US label Neon Gold Records (Christine & The Queens, Charli XCX,,Tove Lo) in the US, “Body” is out now worldwide.
Written by Sinéad and produced by GRADES (NAO, Tove Lo, Little Boots), Sinéad explains on the new single, “I was inspired by finding myself in a situation I wasn't ready to leave, but that had to end. GRADES always seems to be around when something dramatic like that is going on. He started playing the ‘Body’ chords & the song came straight away. Conceptually it was a fantasy song but in reality it was a ‘goodbye’ song for me.”
Shot on film in London by director Johny Mourgue, the video features Harnett singing against a blank backdrop which changes from black to red, to blue to pink. Incorporating sensuous
minimalistic choreography, Sinéad pairs up with dancer, Tega Alexander, playing the object of her desire, both of them moving their bodies in time with the slow-simmering bassline. Speaking
about the origin of the video, Harnett explains, “as soon as I finished the song I knew the video had to be shot on film. Something about film is so nostalgic, and when I wrote ‘Body’ I was
looking back at all my memories within the relationship I was leaving. I wanted to use color to help paint the different layers of feelings and emotions I was going through at the time. Some
conflicting, some bitter and some sweet.”
GRADES also produced “If You Let Me” from her self-titled 2016 EP (currently sitting on 28 million streams on Spotify), as well as “Still Miss You” and “Ally” from her “Chapter One” mixtape in 2017. Other collaborators have included Snakeships (“No Other Way,” Rather Be With You”), Kaytranada (“Heal You” feat. Wretch 32, “Say What You Mean”), and JD Reid (“Love To Lose,” “Don’t Waste My Time”).
Last year, Sinéad Harnett played her first headline shows in America, selling out dates in Los Angeles and New York City and earning rave reviews across the board. Other notable live appearances in recent months include a performance at CRSSD Festival in San Diego and Live Nation’s ‘Ones To Watch’ showcase in Los Angeles last month.
Sinéad grew up in North London, raised by her Thai mum, who “always made sure I knew how important education was”. From the age of eight, she threw herself obsessively into singing, but while she'd happily perform in front of her friends for fun, she never revealed to them how seriously she was taking it. She went on to university, but singing became all-consuming, traveling back home to London every weekend to record. She put her music ideas up on YouTube, fully admitting “I still didn't know what I was doing, I was just trying ideas out”, but one of these clips caught English rapper Wiley's attention and he contacted her, giving her her first major industry breakthrough when she appeared on his 2011 track “Walk Away.”
Sinéad 's voice went on to become a huge part of the fabric of 2010s culture in the UK. She has featured on, and co-written releases from Wiley, Disclosure (“Boiling”) and Rudimental (“Baby”)—each of them a keystone in the infiltration of UK underground sounds into the global mainstream, as well as Canadian super-producer Ryan Hemsworth (“No Other Way”).