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Introducing PENELOPE ISLES | New signing to Bella Union – Share first track “Chlorine” + Announce UK tour dates

January 27, 2019

Bella Union are thrilled to introduce new signings Penelope Isles. Currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, the band have shared a video of them performing a new track entitled ‘Chlorine’ which can be viewed HERE

It’s a song we often open our shows with, so it felt right to have it as the first single off the record,” say Penelope Isles. Bright and brisk, wide-eyed and wistful, ‘Chlorine’ is a dreamy introduction to the instinctive charms and alt-rock chops of the Isle of Man-via-Brighton quartet, forged around siblings Jack and Lily Wolter. After a buoyant guitar-pop opening, ‘Chlorine’ harbours a tale of what the band call “a heart-breaking family divide”. Its potency heightened by the juxtaposition between the band’s fiery lead-guitar sorcery and sailing three-part harmonies, it’s a song of tremendous melodic calm and emotional rip tides, inviting and immersive.

Self-produced by Jack and recorded in Brighton’s Bella Studios, ‘Chlorine’ is a hypnotic teaser for Penelope Isles’ debut LP, due for release this summer. Between its chiming dream-pop, fuzz-noise waves, indie-psych currents and lustrous melodies, the album is a transporting show of expansive DIY vision, its elemental metaphors a fertile backdrop for the band’s innate inner chemistry and acute grasp of contrast. 

Crisp and woozy, blissful and biting, it’s also an album powerful enough to sweep you away live. Penelope Isles have already garnered support from The Line of Best Fit and DIY for their excellent live shows. With upcoming performances at both Eurosonic and SXSW, the band will also be playing the below UK live shows over the next few months…

30 Jan – UK, London, Rough Trade East

22 Feb – UK, Hastings, The Blackmarket

09 Mar – USA, NYC, Arlene’s Grocery (1.30pm)

09 Mar – USA, NYC, Berlin (9.15pm)

13 Mar – USA, Austin, SXSW @ Intercontinental (4pm)

14 Mar – USA, Austin, SXSW @ Palm Door (10pm)

15 Mar – USA, Austin, SXSW @ Hilton Austin (3pm)

17 Mar – USA, Denton, Andy’s Bar 

30 Mar – UK, Isle of Man, Villa Marina Promenade Suite

02 Apr – UK, Portsmouth, House of Rapture

03 Apr – UK, Cambridge, Portland Arms

04 Apr – UK, Bristol, Rough Trade Bristol

05 Apr – UK, Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

06 Apr – UK, Leicester, Cookie

07 Apr – UK, Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

09 Apr – UK, Glasgow, Hug & Pint

10 Apr – UK, Newcastle, Cluny 2

12 Apr – IRE, Dublin, Whelan’s (Upstairs)

16 Apr – UK, Oxford, Jericho Tavern

17 Apr – UK, London, Moth Club

27 Apr – UK – Reading, Are You Listening? Festival

09 May – UK, Brighton, The Great Escape

23 May – DE, Dortmund, FZW

25 May – NL, Amsterdam, London Calling

13 Jul – SK, Trencin, Pohoda Festival

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