Sssssh, she's back! One of Ireland's most successful recording artists of all time, Enya, releases Dark Sky Island, her first studio album in seven years next month.
The Celtic songstress from Donegal has enjoyed almost 75 million album sales to date, in addition to four Grammy Awards, six World Music Awards, an Ivor Novello, a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar nomination in 2002 for the song May It Be from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
Her new album sees her team up again with long-time collaborators, producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan - the husband and wife team who worked with Enya since her breakout hit Orinoco Flow in 1988.
Enya says she was inspired for this album by Roma's work on a series of poetry books themed around islands, specifically decision by the the island of Sark in the Channel islands to be designated as a dark sky island.
The album's first single Echoes In Rain also has something in common with Orinoco Flow; Back in the late '80s, Orinoco Flow was the final song recorded for the Watermark album and it went on to become a global chart-topper. This time around, Echoes In Rain was the final track to be completed for Enya's new album.
Speaking about the Dark Sky Island, Enya said: “This album has a theme of journeys. Journeys to the island; through the length of a lifetime; through history, through emotions; and journeys across great oceans. So although it’s not a ‘themed’ album, as such, we nevertheless have an underlying connection between songs.”
Dark Sky Island is now available to pre-order now before it's release on November 20.