Noisey Exclusively Streams Daphne Guinness’ New Album | Music News
Noisey have exclusively streamed Daphne Guinness’ new album Optimist In Black, the debut album which is due for release via Agent Anonyme/Absolute on May 27. The album was produced by Tony Visconti at New York’s fêted Avatar Studios (formerly the Power Station). Daphne says of her music career:
“I began in music”, she reveals, “and I ended up there.” The press release continues: “A young Daphne regularly stepped in on vocals for a Sixties covers band near her family’s Spanish home, and always looked set to pursue a career in music, even gaining a place at the Guildhall School before life (and marriage) had other plans: “I never thought I’d get back to my ‘home’,” she says. “And now I’m physically back in my home – Ireland – but also back doing what I was trained for, what I’m proficient at, but I thought I’d never see again. And it was like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve been given a second chance’”.
The project began with a chance meeting with Irish producer Pat Donne, Daphne’s main co-writer on the album, at the renowned Grouse Lodge studios near her County Westmeath home. The duo’s original demos were then sent to Tony Visconti more in hope than expectation. “I was sick with nerves, emailing him. He could have thought ‘Oh, it’s just this Guinness person.’ But he heard me through, and he loved it”.
Listen to the album via Noisey here.