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Sunflower Thieves Share “Don’t Mind The Weather” – New Track For Come Play With Me Singles Club

March 16, 2021
Alice Ashley


Come Play With Me have shared the first track from ‘CPWM19’, the latest release in their long-running 7” singles club series. The first single comes via Leeds-based pop-folk band Sunflower Thieves, who combine rich harmonies and honest lyrics to create their own unique world of ethereal melancholy, influenced by the likes of Phoebe Bridgers and Fenne Lily. ‘Don’t Mind The Weather’ (released digitally February 26th 2021) entices the listener with a magical soundscape of harmony-laden double-tracked vocals and themes based around the natural world and feelings of safety. 

The idea for ‘Don’t Mind The Weather’ was conceived in early 2020, in the comfort of Lily’s home studio, written alongside fellow Leeds artist and friend Mehalah Ray. Originally a simple acoustic composition, the track quickly blossomed, with Lily’s unique production finding an exciting new direction for the song. Sonically the track sits in familiar territory to previous singles ‘Hide and Seek’ and ‘Heavy Weight’, alongside typically emotive and personal themes in terms of subject matter.

Sunflower Thieves on ‘Don’t Mind The Weather’:“’Don’t Mind The Weather’ translates as “don’t worry, this is where you’re grounded and safe” – wanting to make the most of that feeling and stay inside. The picture painted is that no matter how the seasons/weather change, the gravitational pull of the moon / the person you feel safe with, will keep you grounded and safe. We based it on the moon’s relationship with tides, and the idea that it’s easy to get swept away in everything that’s going on, but there’s beauty in that, and the relationship with this person overcomes it all anyway

Don’t Mind The Weather” is truly beautiful. The complex rhythms and the standout vocal harmonies will lift you, as the emotive ensemble delivers this rich tapestry of raw lyrics and reaching vocal notes. The track feels comforting to its audience, as the melodies move you whilst surrounding you. The honest and gentle words of this serene composition showcases the maturity of the artist and their ability to connect to their listeners and keep them engaged. This moving ensemble is nothing short of perfection.

The duo (Amy Illingworth and Lily Sturt-Bolshaw) have written and performed together for many years. Originally from Derbyshire, they relocated to Leeds, to pursue their musical ambitions. There they started the Sunflower Thieves project; one which has grown organically into not only a live act but also a songwriting and production collective; making the best of the Covid-19 restrictions by hosting remote songwriting sessions with a diverse range of both new and established artists, including the likes of Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

Come Play With Me’s much-celebrated series of limited vinyl releases has been running for several years and has previously featured a wide array of incredible artists including Harkin, Team Picture, Treeboy & Arc, Talkboy, Fizzy Blood and many more. The other side of this 7” release will feature ‘Vulnerable’, an exciting track from relative Leeds newcomer LENU. Come Play With Me is a Leeds based development organisation, record label and magazine first launched as a singles club in 2015. Since its inception the label have supported a huge number of artists from the region as well releasing over 30 releases on vinyl for Leeds artists including the ‘Come Stay With Me’ compilation released in Summer 2020 to raise funds for contributing artists following Covid-19 related loss of earnings and opportunity. CPWM are also responsible for a number of events including LGBTQ The Music & HERFest.

The full 7” vinyl single is due for release on March 19th 2021, and is now available to pre-order from Come Play With Me: https://smarturl.it/CPWM019

These releases are funded with the support of Arts Council England Project Grants.


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