Lost Horizons & Penelope Isles share “Halcyon” visuals

Lost Horizons today share a video for their track “Halcyon”, taken from their recently released album In Quiet Moments, which features frequent collaborators and close pals Penelope Isles. Speaking of the track, Simon Raymonde states…

“Loved Penelope Isles from the first time I heard them and loved them even more from the first time I saw them! I released their debut album on Bella Union and my wife Abbey and I also manage them. Jack and Lily  were the first people I asked to be on the album. Penelope Isles supported Lost Horizons on our first UK headline tour and set the bar incredibly high every night. 

The music for Halcyon started with Richie and I improvising in our studio in Brighton but when I brought that track back home, I ditched the music and just started again from scratch. I had just bought an old Tokai guitar in a local guitar shop that reminded me of the guitar Alan Curtis had used in Richie’s old band DIF JUZ and the second I plugged it in for the first time, and played along with Richie’s lonely drum track, the notes just fell out of me. Within an hour or two the track was done and I sent it over to Jack. I adore what he’s done and love that Lily also sings on the song in that glorious section at the end. It was always going to start the album and now I am thrilled it is being released as a single.”

Jack Wolter of Penelope Isles, who also made the dreamy visuals that accompany the track had the below to say…

“The video for Halcyon is made up of footage I collected during my early twenties, whilst studying and living in Cornwall. I felt the need to film a lot in this period of my life. When I started writing the lyrics and getting into what this song was going to be about, I found myself reflecting back to the importance of this time, the people I shared it with and the days we lived. Beautiful relationships providing unworn conversations although all tangled up in warped spaces and darker moments. The song and video are a reflection into the past and how certain times stay with you forever.”

In other exciting news, Lost Horizons will perform a live show, with special guests, at the Scala in the Autumn of 2021. Tickets for the show, which will feature an array of the album’s collaborators, are on sale now. See HERE for more details.

Penelope Isles announce May 2021 tour

Currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to their much-anticipated second album, Bella Union’s Penelope Isles have announced news of a socially distanced UK tour for May 2021, playing a run of dates in venues operating at a reduced capacity. The tour begins in Bristol and includes 2 x performances at London’s Moth Club and appearances in Liverpool and Leeds before ending with a sequence of dates in the town of Lewes just a few miles from the band’s native Brighton.

Penelope Isles announce 2021 tour

Having released their brilliant debut album to much acclaim and playing over 100 live shows in 2019, Penelope Isles are pleased to announce that they will be back on the road again in 2021. To celebrate the announcement, the band have shared the final episode of their Penny Isles TV series, which sees them touring in the US with Wallows. As Lily Wolter expresses, “touring with Wallows was like nothing we have ever experienced. It was a real honour to play to such an amazing bunch of kids every night, with so much love to give! We love touring America, playing mini golf, eating Raising Canes and meeting new friends for life. Big love to Wallows for having us along!” 

This is the season finale of Penny Isles TV Season 1, filmed across America last February. The band have since been quarantined together working on their next album and are very much looking forward to getting back on the road.
Critical acclaim for Until The Tide Creeps In by Penelope Isles…

“Timeless and special… Unashamedly bight melodies that throw you into the sunlight and make the darker moments even more striking.” DIY

“A knockout album with instant charm… When Penelope Isles hit the spot they hit it with a dazzled burst of refracted light.” Metro

“An undeniably lovely melange of dream pop and gentle psychedelia.” Sunday Times

“Hard not to get hooked on from the start… elegant and catchy songwriting that springboards them in to the many sets of arms ready to welcome them.” The Line Of Best Fit

Until The Tide… is a generous, lively dream–pop offering. They soar like Spiritualized; they shimmer like Mazzy Star. On seven–minute epic ‘Gnarbone’ they go motorik, using found sound like Public Service Broadcasting.” London In Stereo

“Sweltering guitars scorch the earth [on ‘Chlorine’]… While summery synths and keys frolic in spaces left between the drum line and spiraling vocals, the riff phrases communicate nearly as much warmth and meaning as the lyrics do.” Stereogum

“There is a grandeur to their songs, big and swelling, ebbs and flows…The whole band is seriously talented, and…seriously rock, too.” Brooklyn Vegan

“Soars towards the heavens… echoes of Pavement and Deerhunter.” DORK Magazine

“Choppy guitar and thumping percussion combine to create a markedly DIY aesthetic throughout the video’s three minutes and five seconds of scrapbooked collage visuals. Said DIY aesthetic, both sonically as well as visually, operates as a self-aware style, one that brings an element of dirty garage rock to the haze of dream-pop flushes.” Paste

“…dreamy but biting guitar pop…soaring, pastoral, highly intelligent songwriting.” Clash Music

Penelope Isles announce 2020 tour dates

Brighton based brother/sister led quartet Penelope Isles released their incredible debut album Until the Tide Creeps In this Summer via Bella Union, and have recently returned from their first-ever North American tour. Today, we are pleased to announce further dates for 2020, which include a number of UK live performances in celebration of Independent Venue Week. See HERE for full dates + get your tickets to an upcoming show near you.

Penelope Isles have launched Penny Isles TV, a new way for fans to keep up to date with the band while they are on the road. Watch episode 4 below, which sees them gallivanting in France & Slovakia!

Penelope Isles share ‘Round’ video

Brighton based brother/sister led quartet Penelope Isles released their incredible debut album Until the Tide Creeps In this Summer via Bella Union, and are about to embark on their first-ever North American tour. Today the band are pleased to announce that TOLEDO will be joining them on their upcoming tour dates, and release a music video for “Round” to celebrate. Watch the video now and get your tickets to an upcoming show near you HERE.

The band’s  Jack Wolter, who directed the music video as well as wrote and produced the track, says: 

“‘Round’ was the first song I wrote when I moved to Brighton a few years ago. I wrote it on a dan electro 12 string, which I had to sell to pay the rent. We played the song constantly when we first started gigging and ended up leaving it out of the set for a while. We revisited it, as it felt weird to not include it on this record. We made the video in Brighton on one of the hottest days of the year. It consists of footage of Lily, dressed in a large round blow-up suit that pulsates with bright psychedelic colours and floating images of the band. We had a laugh making this one!” 

Penelope Isles are also pleased to share Penny Isles TV, a new way for fans to keep up to date with the band while they are on the road. Watch episode 2, which features outtakes from the bands first trip to SXSW earlier this year!

Happy Release Day Penelope Isles

Today at Bella Union we celebrate the debut album release from Brighton based band Penelope Isles. Until The Tide Creeps In is available now and you can catch this fantastic live band across Europe and America.

Praise for Penelope Isles’ Until The Tide Creeps In…

“Timeless and special… Unashamedly bight melodies that throw you into the sunlight and make the darker moments even more striking.” DIY

“A knockout album with instant charm… When Penelope Isles hit the spot they hit it with a dazzled burst of refracted light.” Metro

Until The Tide… is a generous, lively dream–pop offering. They soar like Spiritualized; they shimmer like Mazzy Star. On seven–minute epic ‘Gnarbone’ they go motorik, using found sound like Public Service Broadcasting.” London In Stereo

“Sweltering guitars scorch the earth [on ‘Chlorine’]… While summery synths and keys frolic in spaces left between the drum line and spiraling vocals, the riff phrases communicate nearly as much warmth and meaning as the lyrics do.” – Stereogum

“There is a grandeur to their songs, big and swelling, ebbs and flows…The whole band is seriously talented, and…seriously rock, too.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Choppy guitar and thumping percussion combine to create a markedly DIY aesthetic throughout the video’s three minutes and five seconds of scrapbooked collage visuals. Said DIY aesthetic, both sonically as well as visually, operates as a self-aware style, one that brings an element of dirty garage rock to the haze of dream-pop flushes.” – Paste

“…a dreamy but biting piece of guitar pop…soaring, pastoral, highly intelligent songwriting.” – Clash Music

Formed around the chemistry between siblings and dual songwriters Jack and Lily Wolter, Until the Tide Creeps In is an album deepened by shared experience. Born in Devon and raised on the Isle of Man, the Wolters’ bonds were strengthened by separation when Jack moved away to study art at university at 19, when Lily was 13. As he puts it, wryly, “By the time I moved home Lily was not so much of an annoying younger sister anymore and had grown up and started playing in bands and writing songs. We soon became very close. I had written some songs, so we started a band called Your Gold Teeth. We toured a bit and then Lily left for Brighton to study songwriting. A couple of years later I moved down and we started Penelope Isles together.” For every sibling band forged in rivalry, many others mount an unassailable genetic argument for keeping the music in the family. The latter is assuredly the case with Penelope Isles, a quartet completed by Jack Sowton and Becky Redford.

Crisp and woozy, blissful and biting, Until the Tide Creeps In is an album deepened by shared experience: experiences of, in Jack’s words, “leaving home, moving away, dealing with transitions in life and growing up. We are six years apart, so we had a different experience of some of this, but we share a similar inspiration when writing music.”