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LAist Interview: Lisa Hannigan

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Although it sometimes takes two or three listens to truly appreciate and feel familiarity with an album, Lisa Hannigan’s debut, Sea Sew, is a different story. Hers is a rare record that feels comfortable on the first listen—sort of like slipping on a pair of warm, fuzzy slippers and curling up next to the fire on a blustery day.

Even before the release of Hannigan’s album, she had already become well known for her supporting vocal work with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, and most notably, Damien Rice. This week, she will play a solo show at Largo on Thursday night and will open for Jason Mraz at the Greek on Saturday. LAist caught up with Hannigan last week to chat about sewing, venn diagrams and what it feels like to be drenched in chocolate.

LAist: Would you mind sharing the story of how you came up with the name Sea Sew?

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Lisa Hannigan: Sure! I knew I wanted to sew all the lyrics [for the CD packaging], or at least the lyrics for the six shortest songs. So I wanted to get the stitching done, and then as I was doing the lyrics, I noticed there were quite a few references to the sea. Sea Sew came to me and it’s reminiscent of seesaws, and there was something quite childlike about it. I quite liked the sound of the words together.