TUNE Islet - Good Grief
“They invigorate the sense of life on the margins with this whirlwind of psychedelic pop” The Guardian
A Powys trio whose free-spirited invention and exuberant intensity flows through experimental pop: hypnotic, exhilarating and defiantly unique. The Welsh band Islet return with the release of their long-awaited new album ‘Eyelet’ on 6th March 2020.
Their finest and most definitive work to date, these new tracks of crystalline beauty are shot through with the band’s devious pop sensibility. New single ‘Good Grief’ is a syncopated lullaby that deals with the quiet strength of generations of women – it’s haunting keyboard hook and icy percussion are thawed by Emma Daman Thomas’ yearning vocals.
Accompanying new video comes from artist Edwin Burdis who’s worked with Alexis Taylor, Wild Beasts, Richard Dawson, Fat White Family and more.
“It was filmed backwards with multiple versions of one long shot layered and revealed like wiping condensation on a windscreen. It’s a lucid dream in a static caravan filled with generations of enigmatic women and children.” - Emma (Islet)
‘Eyelet’ was recorded at home tucked away in the hills of rural Mid Wales. It took form the months following the birth of band members Emma and Mark’s second child and the death of fellow band member Alex Williams’ mother. Alex came to live with Emma and Mark, and the band enlisted Rob Jones (Pictish Trail, Charles Watson) to produce.
Following two albums (‘Illuminated People’, 2012 – shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize – and ‘Released By The Movement’, 2013) and a handful of EPs (‘Celebrate This Place’, 2010; ‘Wimmy’, 2010) released on their own label, Shape Records. Their last release was Liquid Half Moon EP in 2016 with the band becoming a trio following the departure of JT in 2018.