Introducing Interview: Chloe Foy

Following acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing and BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, Manchester-based artist Chloe Foy has just released her enchanting new EP.

An introspective collection of reflective offerings, Callous Copper showcases Foy’s smooth, rich vocals and stirring heartfelt emotion alongside glistening sweeping string arrangements.

We caught up with Chloe to find out more…

Hi Chloe, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a singer-songwriter living in Manchester, originally from Gloucestershire, trying my best to do what I love.

How did you start creating music?
I had always been musical, and started off learning classical music, but then picked up a guitar when I was about 14, learnt a few basic chords and started to write my own songs. A lot was going on in my life then and it was my most instinctive form of expression.

Your new EP Callous Copper is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about? Are there any themes running throughout the album?
There’s not a lyrical theme as such, other than the fact my songs are all inspired by this weird thing we do called life. There’s themes of love and death and mental health too. Really, it was an opportunity for me to realise this idea of doing a record with a string quartet, which I had wanted to do for a while.

You’ve been compared to the likes of Laura Marling and Lucy Rose, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
I think they are probably up there with some of the big ones, as well as Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
Manchester is great for live music. There’s usually something going on every day of the week that you can go to. These days I’m busier, so I don’t get to see as much as I’d like but I still try and see a fair amount.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Heartbreak.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
There are some great North West artists who I love – Caoilfhionn Rose, Katie Mac, Hannah Ashcroft, Lindsay Munroe – all amazing female artists making diverse and beautiful music.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I think it’s tough. There’s an abundance of music out there so it’s hard to be heard above the noise. I think it’s easier than ever to get your music onto platforms like Spotify and start to make a few little waves, but to get further and make a sustainable living I think is tough without a strong team behind you.

Finally, what does the rest of 2020 have in store for Chloe Foy?
A headline tour with my string trio in March, to get out and play songs from my forthcoming EP, and hopefully some trips further afield, as well as some festival slots to be announced!

 

Callous Copper is out now. Catch Chloe Foy live at The Islington on 4th March via AntiFraglie.

 

EP: Tape Runs Out – ‘Talking Through Walls’

In a glistening manner, indie/electronic band Tape Runs Out take listeners down a lively new exploratory path in their newborn EP, Talking Through The Walls. Like cutting a crisp corner, the wind of the EP’s overturning tone provides a sense of urgency throughout this twinkling release that allows intricacy a spotlight, and quietness its space. In Talking Through The Walls‘ opening track ‘Make It Work’, the feeling of nostalgia is set for the record that stands parallel with the smell of untouched stories. With a shoegaze-strewn, dream-like element to the sonic landscape, Tape Runs Out lay out a bed of travel where moments of swelling synth and shiny guitar can be immortal. 

The freshness of Talking Through The Walls resides in Tape Runs Out’s ability to introduce folk sounds and timbres that ever so unexpectedly fit the band’s sonic language. ‘Ice Cream Soup’, found halfway through the release, bends in ways sounding both digital and analog as synths mimic a traditional guitar slide. There is a distinct and quirky charisma embodied in what Tape Run’s Out have stumbled upon here.

Ending the EP with lullaby-like elegance, ‘My Childhood Hands’ is an emotionally enduring mural painted with background samples that sound like home. As the pulsing keys initiate the song, here there remains room for listeners to have their own moment with the piece before the tremolo begins to shift the song’s footing. As the drifting instrumentation builds, listeners shuffle along picking up tiny yet significant elements that gradually layer in the mix like a story. This tasteful font in which Tape Runs Out have written their EP so strategically in, illustrates the band’s attention to detail. Talking Through The Walls is an instrumental adventure worth the conquest. 

Talking Through Walls is out now via Kuang Grade Recordings. Listen on Spotify.

Jill Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Introducing Interview: The Frampton Sisters

Hi, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about the band?
We are sisters from East Sussex that sing and play folky pop. We grew up on the Orkney Isles where we learned to read and write music, as every child on the island learns to play the fiddle, or some sort of instrument! Growing up here started our music interests, plus our parents were also both musical, so encouraged us a lot.

How did you initially all get together and start creating music?
We have always played music together; starting in our family band when we were five and seven! When we moved South we started to take it more seriously, performing at various venues and events around the area.

Your new single ‘Birds Of A Feather’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
The track is simply about everybody and everything; how when it comes down to it, we are all the same, and that we should accept everyone for who and what they are.

You’ve been compared to the likes of First Aid Fit and Lily & Madeleine, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
We enjoy all sorts of styles of music, but our influencers would start with Van Morrison, The Carpenters, Taylor Swift and Passenger. To name a few! 

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
There are many musical venues around us which support local musicians – encouraging them to perform their own material. We quite often watch other bands when we play at these venues. 

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
They can expect thought-provoking storytelling songs, close harmonies and some fun sisterly banter. 

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
A band called Infrared, who are also from East Sussex. They are just starting to make it on the music scene and are really great!

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
As we have so much support from people in the area, we haven’t found gigs and performing difficult. We suppose it is hard to get noticed, but we are on our way, and we are happy to take it slow. 

Finally, what does the rest of 2019 have in store for The Frampton Sisters?
Charlie has just started a degree in Performing Arts and Professional Dance, so she is super busy! And Freddie, having just had a baby, is also quite busy. But we are very much still focusing on songwriting and gigging, as that’s what we enjoy. We plan to release some new tracks in the coming months, which is exciting! 

Big thanks to The Frampton Sisters for answering our questions! 

‘Birds Of A Feather’ is out now via Dharma Records.

Video Premiere: Wallis Bird – ‘Life Is Long’

Set to release her sixth album, Woman, at the end of this month, Irish artist Wallis Bird has now shared a brand new video.

Flowing with folk-infused glitchy beats and the luscious allure of Bird’s smooth Irish vocals, ‘Life Is Long’ is an anthemic recollection of a family weekend in West Ireland. Oozing a twinkling atmosphere, it’s a refreshing, contemporary take on more traditional folk songs, filled with a heartwarming emotion. A catchy slice of alt-pop that’ll instantly charm the ears and leave you longing for more of Wallis Bird’s dreamy sounds.

Watch the brand new video for ‘Life Is Long’, for the first time, here:

Woman, the upcoming new album from Wallis Bird, is out 27th September via Caroline International.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: Freja Frances – ‘Catching Fire’

Following her debut EP Ghosts back in 2015, Freja Frances is now set to release her debut album next month. Having previously charmed ears at a number of Sofar Sounds gigs, she has now shared a poignant new taster of what to expect from the upcoming release.

Flowing with an emotion-strewn splendour, ‘Catching Fire’ showcases Frances’ talent for creating bewitching soundscapes with a stirring ethereal beauty. A truly heartfelt offering oozing delicate melodies and the majestic subtle power of her vocals, it’s a slice of twinkling folk-pop that will pull at the heart strings in all the right ways. Of the track, Frances explains:

‘Catching Fire’ was the first song I wrote for this album, it sets the theme of a struggle with depression and a difficult relationship. It’s about finding someone who I felt able to relate to in the sense of mental illness for the first time, but also getting scared of the intensity of the relationship and constantly trying to pull away. My feelings at the time were a strange combination of both comfort and danger – we understood each other but we weren’t good for each other.”

Listen to ‘Catching Fire’, for the first time, here:

 

‘Catching Fire’ is out on Saturday, 31st August. And The Funeral, the upcoming debut album from Freja Frances, is out 13th September via ShimmerSun Music. Catch Freja live at her album launch at The Malborough, Brigton, on on 14th September.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

PREMIERE: Ailsa Tully – ‘Highly Strung’

Brooding guitars and intuitive vocals permeate London based indie/folk artist Ailsa Tully‘s new single ‘Highly Strung’. Released via Skivvy Records – which Ailsa runs herself – the track is a dreamy exploration of the anxieties surrounding time and space.

Fusing choral elements with a lo-fi grunge attitude, ‘Highly Strung’ is accompanied by a music video inspired by the lyrics in Ailsa’s song. The washing line featured in the visuals is reflective of the lyric “I am just highly strung, out on the line’, and nods towards an exploration of gender roles, (i.e hanging washing out) as well as Ailsa’s own state of mind.

Listen to the new track below and follow Ailsa Tully on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Introducing Interview: Galileo’s Fan

Set to release their new album next month, Scottish duo Galileo’s Fan have previously received acclaim from the likes of Folk Radio UK and BBC Radio Scotland, and played at festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe and Yes Festival. Delivering cinematic alt-folk soundscapes with twinkling electronics and soaring emotion, they look to set to charm ears a plenty with their upcoming release.

We caught up with Galileo’s Fan to find out more…

Hi Galileo’s Fan, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about the band?
Hi! Thanks for having us. We are brother and sister, Martin and Fi Vass, from the Scottish highlands. We play guitar and piano/keyboards, respectively. We both write the material for Galileo’s Fan, so we each contribute (and lead) 50% of the songs, so it’s an interesting mix! The music is predominantly indie-pop with some electronic themes and textures, but I think our northern roots can be heard throughout as well. 

How did you initially all get together and start creating music?
We used to play Scottish folk music with our other siblings, Mike and Ali, when we were all very young. Then, as we grew up listening to indie, electronic, pop and everything in-between, we began composing ourselves (separately, as adults). Music has been a hugely strong common bond for us and we have always loved sharing our songs with each other. Eventually, as we began to jam more and arrange the songs, we decided to try some recording and we made a demo in a studio on Loch Fyne, with our brother Mike at the desk. We had a lot of fun doing that, so I suppose the idea of Galileo’s Fan was conceived then. 

Your new album I Won’t Be Found is out in September – can you tell us what it’s all about? Are there any themes running throughout the album?
Yes, that’s right. The album is a collection of some of our favourite songs that we’ve written to date. The songs are stories about love, loss, political dismay and life experience, told from both a female and male perspective.

 

You’ve been compared to the likes of The Frames and The Cranberries, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
Ooh, such a tough question. I think it changes so much over time and we’ve been writing these songs for years! In our younger years we listened to a lot of indie bands like Biffy Clyro and Jimmy Eat World and I think they are still a big influence. Also The Frames, The Cranberries, Sigur Ros. There are lots of bands we have enjoyed more recently too, like CHVRCHES, Dry The River and Kiasmos. Too many to name actually! 

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
We are based in Nairn (near Inverness) and St Monans (Fife) just now, and we both travel for gigs regularly… Every time I (Fi) see a live gig I vow to try to see more because each one is inspiring in its own way. In the central belt, you’re really spoilt for choice. There’s the Edinburgh fringe festival in August, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in January and loads in between. I saw Olafur Arnalds (Kiasmos) in Glasgow recently and First Aid Kit in Dundee. Inverness always has plenty on too. There was a new festival run by the Feis in July called ‘Under Canvas’ and we’ve been along to the songwriters’ circle at Magregor’s Bar a few times now. 

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
It depends! We love playing with the full band when we can – it’s always loads of fun and high-energy but we also enjoy a wee acoustic gig. The stripped back, more intimate performances are great in the right setting. We recognise that audiences will have a definite preference so we’re happy to offer both. 

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
Absolutely! Wee bit of nepotism here for you but it is a truly outstanding album… Our brother, Mike Vass, is a well known instrumental composer but he has just released his first ever song album. It’s called Save His Calm and is stunningly clever and beautiful. Well worth a listen. 

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
There is so much good music available just now. The industry is incredible. It’s a steep learning curve, but there are definitely little tricks you pick up along the way. The internet offers a wealth of information for new artists, so you just have to be willing to put in the work and have realistic expectations to begin with. It’s also been really helpful having Mike (Vass) as a sort of mentor. We can always rely on his expertise when we need a bit of guidance. 

Finally, what does the rest of 2019 have in store for Galileo’s Fan?
I’m hoping the rest of 2019 will provide a little respite… Hopefully just some time to decompress and get back into writing a bit more. There is a huge amount of work that goes into releasing an album, so we’ve had the blinkers on for a while. We have such respect for the musicians that are churning them out! It’s been an illuminating process. I’m not sure I’ll ever leave a gig without buying a CD now… 

Huge thanks to Galileo’s Fan for answering our questions! 

I Won’t Be Found, the upcoming album from Galileo’s Fan, is out 16th September via GF Records.