‘High Line’ is the debut single from Irish musician Fiona Sharkey aka Sharkett. ‘High Line’ the title track from Sharkett’s forthcoming debut EP introduces us to Sharkey’s sleek electronic brand of songwriting which combines dreamy synths and airy vocals, reminiscent of acts such as CHVRCHES with hints of ’80s new wave.
‘High Line’ was inspired by a visit to the New York tourist attraction on a chilly April evening. Following a walk on the eponymous railroad-turned-tourist attraction, Sharkett was feeling deeply contemplative.
“I was out with my friend Amy and while we quietly reflected on what had been the perfect day, my mind wandered, as it tends to do when venturing somewhere new. I was thinking a lot about my life’s choices, opportunities, my own sense of perfectionism and values.”
Challenging and considering certain decisions made in her life, one eye on a stubbornly stagnant set of traffic lights, prompted the lyrics “waiting for the lights to change // waiting for my life to change”.
Back in her hotel room the melody enveloped Sharkett and the song took shape and was completed upon her return to Dublin and recorded with Dylan Lynch (Soda Blonde, moondiver) on drums. The track was recorded by Cian Synnott who engineered, mixed and co-produced the track alongside Sharkett at The Clinic Recording Studios before being was mastered by Ivan Jackman in Hellfire Studios.
As Sharkett explains the opening riff was inspired by the twinkling lights of the Manhattan skyline at night and samples the ambience of a dive bar she visited one evening: “I wanted to capture a snapshot of that feeling that is the entire opposite of a pensive mood – that feeling of weightlessness: of being with your friends, and that’s all that matters at that time and in that space. Just, being.”