Track Of The Day: Penelope Trappes – ‘Eel Drip’

A goose bump inducing, emotionally charged electronic soundscape, London-based, Australian-born musician Penelope Trappes has shared her latest single ‘Eel Drip’. Taken from her upcoming EP of the same name, which is set for release on 23rd October via Houndstooth, the track is a dark, delicate rumination on accepting the inevitability that our lives will all be touched by death at some point.

“‘Eel Drip’ Is about honouring the dead, the passing of lives within you and beyond you,” Trappes explains. “It’s about physical or emotional change, acknowledging fears, and being true to yourself… reaching your full potential.” Through her use of arpeggiated electronics and her beguiling vocals, Trappes extrapolates on these themes and invites her listeners to experience the comfort and the catharsis that comes with this acceptance.

The track is accompanied by a beautiful video directed by Agnes Haus, and inspired by artist Francesca Woodman’s 1970s series of nude self-portraits with Eels. Trappes reflects on what the visuals mean to her: “In the process of changing and shedding past notions of myself, there is another world between the past and the future. An eternal state, unknown, warped, slippery, free. Submitting to change, dying… being reborn.”

Watch the video for ‘Eel Drip’ below and follow Penelope Trappes on bandcamp, Spotify, Instagram and Facebook for more updates.

Photo credit: Agnes Haus

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Madame So – ‘Who Are We To Judge?’

Experimenting with shoegaze elements and exploring her wonderful vocal range, Madame So has shared her latest single ‘Who Are We To Judge?’. Following on from previous releases ‘Generation Y’ and ‘You Say’, this new offering sees the Paris-born, London-based songwriter re-tracing memories of her hedonistic youth, whilst also encouraging listeners to show compassion to the youth of today.

Through the gently repeated lyric “Who are we to judge?” and her hazy guitar sounds, Madame So allows space for reflection and acceptance. “Who are we to judge what they say? / There isn’t just one way,” she reiterates, urging listeners to remember their own adolescent lives and to stretch their understanding of what it means to be young now. The single is accompanied by a colourful lyric video centred around an illustration of Madame So by Brazilian artist, Jesso Alves.

Watch the video for the track below and follow Madame So on Facebook & bandcamp for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Get In Her Ears w/ Grave Goods 24.09.20

Kate was back in the Hoxton Radio studio this week spinning loads of new tunes from women and non-binary artists, including tracks by People ClubPercolator, Dream Nails, Planningtorock, CMAT, Daniela Andrade, Penelope Trappes, Gazelle Twin and King Hannah.

She also caught up with Sarah, Lois and Phil from Grave Goods to talk about how the band first got together, and their recent contribution to an upcoming compilation album of Irish artists called A Litany Of Failures: Vol III, which is set for release on 2nd October.

Listen back here:

Tracklist
Noga Erez – YOU SO DONE
Æ MAK – hey driver (!)
CMAT – I Wanna Be a Cowboy, Baby!
Fenne Lily – I Used To Hate My Body But Now I Just Hate You
Everything and Everybody – Lifequake
Planningtorock – Transome
April – Watching You Disappear
Daniela Andrade – K.L.F.G
Aunty Social – Crack a Deal (jennylee remix)
Gazelle Twin – Glory
Penelope Trappes – Eel Drip
King Hannah – Creme Bruleé
Technoir – Haters Hate
Lucia & The Best Boys – Perfectly Untrue
Grave Goods – Juice
**Grave Goods interview**
Percolator – Freshin
GHXST – P.U.R.R
People Club – Lay Down Your Weapons
Grand Pax – Wavey
Potpourri – Postcards
Dream Nails – Kiss My Fist
Genevieve Miles – Magic Man
Voodoo Radio – Eat Your Words
Ultraísta – Tin King
Lady Gaga – 911
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

LISTEN: Bitch Falcon – ‘Martyr’

A savage blend of visceral vocals, grungy guitars and powerhouse percussion, Dublin trio Bitch Falcon have shared their latest single ‘Martyr’. The third single to be lifted from their debut album Staring At Clocks, which is set for release via Brighton label Small Pond on 6th November, the band effortlessly combine the racing energy of post-punk beats with the melodic elements of grunge on this new offering.

“Nigel’s drumming reminds me of Warpaint in this, it has such a bounce to it,” explains Bitch Falcon’s vocalist and guitarist Lizzie Fitzpatrick. “I tried to span my vocals from soft to cord-ripping, a bid to show the aggression in the song.” Fitzpatrick’s ability to deliver soft lines and ear-shredding screams at the flick of a switch is what makes ‘Martyr’ such a powerful tune. Underscored by Nigel Kenny’s heavy yet buoyant drumming and Barry O’Sullivan’s brooding bass lines, the single demands repeated listens to fully appreciate each of these formidable elements.

Listen to ‘Martyr’ below and follow Bitch Falcon on bandcamp, Spotify and Facebook for more updates.

 

Order Bitch Falcon’s debut album Staring At Clocks here.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut