The Perfect Life2018
1 The Perfect Lifea/p
For the past two years we’ve been watching Pip’s emergence, both as a person and an artist. The collection of tracks which make up her debut LP ‘Everything Before’ are that soundtrack to those growing pains. An earnest and fragile view of being bored, confused, broke and uncomfortable in your own skin. What is so beautiful is that on these tracks Pip proudly wears these battle scars as trophies. Finding her voice as the outsider, the hometown hero, championing those who never quite fit in. In doing so she’s found her place. Along the way she’s found a number of other people who have seen the beauty in what she’s created, including plaudits from the likes of John Kennedy (Radio X), Huw Stephens (Radio 1) as well as blogs like Clash, TLOBF and DIY. On ‘The Perfect Life’, the stunning final single taken from this record, we find the Preston-native lamenting to a life of “allowing yourself to be controlled by the people around you and thinking they’re so much higher up than you” and the challenge of breaking free from that cycle. A beautifully crafted piece of dark-pop it lushly pairs lofi, chunky guitars with Hall’s soaring vocal. With the record written, recorded and produced by Pip this is the deeply personal sound of an artist navigating the impending doom of adulthood with gloriously universal wit, charm and beauty.