Following excellent reviews for their new album Which Way To Happy, released digitally last month via Bella Union and out physically on 21st January, Penelope Isles today share a brilliant video for LP highlight “Have You Heard” to coincide with their announcement of a month of US tour dates running throughout March 2022. “Have You Heard” receives a gripping narrative-meets-live-performance video shot in black and white, helmed by renowned director Jamie Thraves (Radiohead’s “Just” and Coldplay’s “The Scientist”).
Commenting on the video Jamie Thraves says: “I heard Penelope Isles on 6 Music and was blown away. They seemed to channel all my favourite bands in one. I’ve been into this idea of reaching out to new bands via Instagram to see if they’d be into my music video work and Jack and Lily were open from the get go. They gave me an absolute gem of a track in ‘Have You Heard’ and they were totally open to what I wanted to do visually. This video is a nod and reference to a number of videos and short films I’ve made in the past, themes I’m interested in, and they gave me total freedom to do what I wanted. They are total stars and very down to earth and lovely people. They were so much fun to work with and we had a blast.”
Additionally, Penelope Isles have been added to the line-up of Bella Union’s Winter Wonderland concert at the Union Chapel this Saturday alongside Laura Groves, C Duncan and Deep Throat Choir. Tickets HERE.
Acclaim for Which Way To Happy:
“Jack and Lily Wolter balance the bitter and the sweet with real delicacy on the follow-up to their 2019 debut… An endearing mixture of emotional wobble and creative confidence,
Which Way To Happy is on exactly the right track.” MOJO
“Widescreen, expansive stuff… ‘Rocking At The Bottom’ mixes jangle and shoegaze with a dose of the Bunnymen at their most grandiose, while ‘Play It Cool’ is irresistible retro-pop.
The stately psych stroll of ‘Sailing Still’ and woozy glide of ‘Pink Lemonade’ are both dreamy high points.” Shindig – 4 stars ****
“Festooned with macroscopic, reverb-smitten production and sumptuous orchestral arrangements… A genuinely healing listen;
an album to get cosy with while its music lovingly soaks your wounds.” DIY – 4 stars ****
“Which Way to Happy expands and improves on the musical palette laid down by their debut with the record hitting its stride on the jittery single ‘Iced Gems’ followed by the absorbing
and ambitious ballad ‘Sailing Still’. Songs come bathed in sparkling synths and warming strings, but melodies are unpredictable, bearing repeat listens.” Uncut – 7/10
“Their sound hasn’t changed but the recordings are richer, basslines heavier, and the songwriting is more confident.” Clash – 8/10
“This sibling duo’s forthcoming album Which Way to Happy builds further upon their explorations of sound, unbound to the constraints of style.
The result is a cohesive grab bag of influences ranging from The Smiths to Tame Impala.” Paste