Track Of The Day: Bamboo Smoke – ‘Maybe I’

A soulful, lo-fi tune about hesitation and uncertainty; Bamboo Smoke have shared their latest single, ‘Maybe I’. Released via Swedish imprint Something Beautiful, the South London trio combine tentative electronics, smooth vocals, and echoing beats to create an ambient new soundscape.

Formed of vocalist Louise Wellby, multi-instrumentalist & producer Thomas Hollis, and percussionist Mark Gilyead; Bamboo Smoke captivated us with their live performance at our Notting Hill Arts Club gig in 2018. Since then, the trio have been busy creating new music to share with listeners over the course of 2020.

“I don’t wanna wish away time” muses Louise on ‘Maybe I’, a relatable sentiment that’s scored by subtle synth textures, and cautious percussion. The band explain the context of the track further: “This tune tumbled out in a tiny attic room on a trip at the start of the year. It’s about wishing you could draw someone out of their darkness. We find it so hard to talk about mental health, we hide away our shadows in dreamscapes.”

Listen to ‘Maybe I’ below, and follow Bamboo Smoke on Spotify and Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington

Get In Her Ears Live @ Notting Hill Arts Club w/ Black Gold Buffalo 01.08.18

Whilst we love the Riot Grrrl inspired line-ups we curate for our monthly residency at The Finsbury Pub, we wanted to find a platform to promote our favourite electronic-based artists too. For our debut gig at West London’s Notting Hill Arts Club, we chose Black Gold Buffalo to headline, with support from the beautiful AyOwA and Bamboo Smoke.

The task of opening events fell to South Londoners Lou & Tom, aka Bamboo Smoke. Accompanied by their drummer, the pair seduced their crowd with sultry vocals, smooth bass lines and ambient guitar sounds.

Penultimate act AyOwA wooed the crowd with their dark electronica and intoxicating energy.  The performances of their singles ‘Sommer’, ‘Rus’ and ‘Alt Det Du Ku’ were particular highlights, with Hannah’s beautiful vocals (performed in their native Danish), pulling you into their dreamlike creation.

Headliners Black Gold Buffalo performed a powerful, precious set of pop-noir gems. The band released their debut self-titled album earlier this year (read our review here), so we were excited to hear their songs in the flesh. Singles ‘Magnets’, ‘Lay It Down’ and ‘Pearls Deep’ (which we regularly spin on our GIHEs radio shows) were mesmerising, whilst album tracks ‘Body Of Verity’ and ‘Penkenna’ showcased front woman Keziah Stillwell’s vocal abilities perfectly.

Huge thanks to the bands and to Notting Hill Arts Club. Keep your eyes peeled for more gig announcements from us soon…

Photo Credit: Jon Mo

Track Of The Day: Bamboo Smoke – ‘To The Waves’

A dreamy, ambient offering that gently tugs on the heart-strings, Bamboo Smoke have shared their latest single ‘To The Waves’. Brought together by their shared love of soul, hip hop & jazz, Bamboo Smoke prefer to keep things “fairly loose and unpolished”, trying to retain “as many raw qualities” from each recording as they can.

“Can you hold my heart, without falling apart?” questions vocalist Louise on ‘To The Waves’, as instrumentalist Tom creates a hazy soundscape to reflect on such an intimate thought. We’re swept away by the bands efforts on this new track and think you will be too.

Listen to ‘To The Waves’ below and follow Bamboo Smoke on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington

Get In Her Ears talks Time’s Up

For their first show of 2018, Kate and Mari played the usual selection of fantastic new music including tracks from Moon Palace, Aisha Badru, Bamboo Smoke, JAAYNS and Table Scraps.

They also had a bit of a chat about the recent #TimesUp campaign, with massive love for Oprah Winfrey’s incredibly powerful speech at the Golden Globes.

Listen back to the show here: