LOU E announces ‘What Do You Do It For?’ / ‘Next Time’ debut 7″ single, released 26th February via Beech Coma + London headline show

January 28, 2016
Holly Whitaker

Holly Whitaker


Announces ‘What Do You Do It For?’ / ‘Next Time’
Debut 7″ Single, released 26th February via Beech Coma

Shares ‘What Do You Do It For?

London headline show on 24th February at Lock Tavern


Beech Coma is thrilled to announce the debut single and first solo release to come from South London’s Lou E, aka 18 year-old Louis Milburn. ‘What Do You Do It For?’ / ‘Next Time’ was recorded and mixed in Milburn’s bedroom and a friend’s garden shed in the Autumn of 2015, amidst Louis’ hectic touring schedule playing guitar and keys for Oscaracross the globe. The single will be released on 7” vinyl and digitally on 26th February2016. Listen to ‘What Do You Do It For?’ below

Despite his youth, Milburn is currently sitting on around three albums worth of unreleased material and this prolificity has an almost cult-like feel to it. Pairing the song writing styles and lyricism of the likes of Elliot Smith and Lou Reed with intricate contemporary guitar work similar to Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lou E’s work is intensely personal whilst retaining a refined and sincere feeling. In his own words, “Lou E is the chance for me to discuss issues, problems and worries that I’m far too British to talk about with everybody and nobody at the same time”.

This concern for a progressive dialogue is found in lead track ‘What Do You Do It For?’, which deals with faux-spirituality and it’s rise as a trend, the snide line of “go find yourself some more” a shot at those who return from foreign cultures with only a set of clichéd appropriations and a pair of harem pants to show for their travels. Turning on his own anxieties for the single’s B-side, ‘Next Time’, Milburn mourns a relationship that ended badly due to a lack of communication and honesty as he sings ‘Say next time for sure / When your heart is out the door’ as drums crash behind him.

‘What Do You Do It For?’ / ‘Next Time’ is released 26th February on 7” vinyl and digitally via Beech Coma. The single is the second instalment of the label’s bi-monthly subscription series, part-funded by Arts Council England, with the first cut coming late last year from Bruising. Pre-order the single and/or sign up to the Beech Coma Singles Club here.

“Lou E is a gorgeous bolt out of the blue. Few introductions lure you in quite like this” –DIY 


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