Penelope Isles Share Video For New Track “Sailing Still”
Having recently announced news of an extensive UK tour this Autumn, Penelope Isles share a captivating video for a brilliant new single, “Sailing Still”. The track is a first taste of the band’s much-anticipated second album due for release on Bella Union later this year.
“Sailing Still” is simply striking. Starting with the sweet yet consuming, delicate vocal harmony and the intimate lyrics on offer soon become reinforced with this abundance of musical grandeur. This complex and intense addition of flawless instrumentation soon becomes the perfect combination, the intensity resonating in the keys, the feedback, the mighty soundscape crafted with the immersive instrumentation. Layer upon layer of new intricate additions- strings, percussive shuffles, and cymbal hits. Penelope Isles have created this expressive creation that provides a harrowing journey, uniting the power with the delicate notes, this is an exploration you long to stay within. The vast landscape becomes this essential setting and powerful hook. Beauty tags onto the complex power.
Of the track Lily Wolter says: “I wrote the music for this song at my brother’s flat, on a really crappy electric piano, but always envisioned the whole thing as something widescreen, with a big sound to match. The lyrics took me a few months to finish, by which point the song had taken on many different meanings. Then I took it to band practice, where Jack and I wrote the end section together. It’s one of our favourite sounding songs on the record. We played around with pitch-shifting instruments to get it sonically sweet. Plus, it was the first time we ever heard strings with our music. That’s one tick off the bucket list.”
Of the video Jack Wolter adds: “Before the enforced break due to covid we spent pretty much all of 2019 driving ourselves around Europe and America having some incredible adventures as a band and it seems that everything since then has been falling apart. Writing and recording the new album was a huge part of the recovery process and making this film for Sailing Still I wanted Lily and I to get back on the road somehow, as travelling has been such a massive part of our band ever since we began. So I had this idea of filming Lily in a myriad of places and scenarios, both urban and rural, coastal and inland. Mountains and rivers, council flats and tunnels, cafes and bridges. We drove up and down the country for a week, sleeping in the van, and waking up at the crack of dawn to start filming again. Reconnecting as a ‘band’ again but also spending time together as brother and sister was special for filming this real heartbreaker of a song.”
Additionally, the band have compiled an interactive Google Earth map that shows the various filming locations across the UK. Click HERE to view the map.
Penelope Isles are centred around siblings Jack and Lily Wolter, originally from the Isle of Man, and for several years now based in Brighton. Their debut album Until the Tide Creeps In was produced by the band at the Bella Union studios in London and Brighton. They create dynamic, blissed-out moments soaked in fuzz-noise waves – their songs fragile yet ferocious. Indie-psych currents and lustrous melodies blend with the siblings’ voices. To support the release they played over 150 shows all over the world, including 100 shows in 2019 alone and three tours in the USA. They’ve hit the road with The Flaming Lips and The Magic Numbers. Loved by fans, DJs, tour-mates and writers, their debut marked them out as one of the most exciting UK bands of the last few years. The band recently completed work on their second album – more news on that very soon.
Penelope Isles recently announced news of an extensive UK tour for November and December 2021. Tickets are available HERE. Dates + info below:
Thursday 2nd September – Larmer Tree Gardens – End Of The Road
Friday 5th November – Guernsey – St James
Tuesday 23rd November – Tunbridge Wells – Tunbridge Wells Forum *
Wednesday 24th November – Bristol – Exchange *
Thursday 25th November – Cambridge – Portland Arms *
Friday 26th November – Manchester – Gullivers *
Saturday 27th November – Chester – St. Marys *
Sunday 28th November – Northampton – The Black Prince
Tuesday 30th November – Guildford – The Boileroom *
Wednesday 1st December – London – Oslo **
Thursday 2nd December – St. Albans – The Horn
Friday 3rd December – Ipswich – The Smokehouse **
Saturday 4th December – York – Fulford Arms **
Sunday 5th December – Blackpool – Central Library **
Tuesday 7th December – Glasgow – Hug & Pint **
Wednesday 8th December – Newcastle – Cluny 2 **
Thursday 9th December – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds **
Friday 10th December – Brighton – Concorde 2
* Holiday Ghosts supporting
** Laundromat supporting