Róisín Murphy has announced she'll be releasing her first album in eight years this May.

Hairless Toys follows Overpowered, and is out on May 11th via Play It Again Sam. To celebrate the announcement, Murphy has shared 'Gone Fishing', which is sadly not a Weezer cover (it was inspired by the documentary, Paris Is Burning).

"This song was written after I watched the documentary film Paris Is Burning, having read an article which referenced it in a discussion about House music's origins in black, gay culture. I was deeply moved by this film," says Murphy. "'I had to run this far from home' - it's about the outcasts who could never fit into mainstream society and how they created a safe place in the drag 'Ball' scene of New York in the '80s. 'Will we live on? The children of La Beija' refers to the 'house' of Pepper La Beija, who was one of the most notable figures on the scene, Pepper is also quoted in Malcolm McLaren's song on the same subject 'Deep In Vogue'. The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring. I envisioned 'Gone Fishing' almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one's own world, a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys."

Check out the track, along with the album's tracklist and her forthcoming live dates, below.

  • Hairless Toys Tracklist
  • 01. Gone Fishing
  • 02. Evil Eyes
  • 03. Exploitation
  • 04. Uninvited Guest
  • 05. Exile
  • 06. House of Glass
  • 07. Hairless Toys (Gotta Hurt)
  • 08. Unputdownable
  • Live Dates
  • 05-16 London, England - Roundhouse
  • 05-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
  • 05-23 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
  • 05-24 Mannheim, Germany - Maifield Derby
  • 05-30 Hamburg, Germany - Große Freiheit 36
  • 05-31 Berlin, Germnay - Berlin Festival
  • 06-19 Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival
  • 06-26 Werchter, Belgium - The Barn
  • 09-05 Dublin, Ireland - Electric Picnic
  • 09-13 Isle of Wight, England - Bestival