PREMIERE: Pinlight – ‘Grow Slow’

Based in Edinburgh, hearing-impaired songwriter Jenny Laahs, aka Pinlight, creates electro-driven retro-tinged soundscapes, all produced in mono to reflect her hearing loss. Following 2019’s debut album, she has now shared an uptempo brand new single.

With ’80s-infused synth-driven hooks, ‘Grow Slow’ flows with an uplifting twinkling energy and Laahs’ luscious honey-sweet vocals. With shades of the likes of Christine and the Queens, it offers a glitchy, whirring soundscape driven by an infectious shimmering zest. A refreshingly uptempo slice of sunny alt-pop, it’s the perfect danceable accompaniment to a solo lockdown living room rave. Of the track, Jenny explains:

I wrote Grow Slow in 2018. I had written the hook – the “I’ve been waiting and waiting” line – several years prior but didn’t do anything with it, so it lay forgotten in an old songwriting notebook. When I came across it again the melody was still really fresh in my mind so I figured it was catchy enough to write a song around. I didn’t really connect with the “waiting” idea when I first wrote the hook, which is probably why it was left dormant for so long, but at that point in 2018, I had begun consciously trying to slow down my pace in general, taking things as they come and not worrying so much about whether things were right straight away. So the rest of the lyrics just came from ruminating more on that theme.

 ‘Grow Slow’, along with a Yoko Pwno remix, is out this Friday, 27th November. Listen for the first time now:

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Callum Ollason

 

PREMIERE: Yumi And The Weather – ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ (Inwards Remix)

With acclaim from the likes of John Kennedy and BBC 6Music’s Nemone, Brighton based vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Yumi And The Weather (aka Ruby Taylor) has now shared a fresh remix of her latest single ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well‘. Re-imagined by label-mate and rising Worcestershire producer INWARDS (aka Kristian Shelley), it’s the first single to be taken from Yumi And The Weather’s upcoming new EP, set for release at the beginning of next month. 

Maintaining the soaring rich vocals and twinkling uptempo vibes of the original, INWARDS’ remix enhances the already present glitchy beats of the track and creates a whirring, electro-fused soundscape, replicating the original instrumental parts with electronics. Propelled by a gritty, driving energy and sweeping, reverb-strewn splendour, this latest rendition of ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ is a truly captivating and instantly uplifting offering, reminiscent of the dreamy majesty of the likes of The Postal Service.

Listen to INWARDS’ remix of Yumi And The Weather’s ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ now, and read our interview with Ruby Taylor about the track and her inspirations behind it below.

 

Hi Ruby, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
Hello! I am a musician/songwriter/producer based in Brighton and I make music under the name Yumi And The Weather.

How did you initially decide to start creating music?
I suppose it was a natural process as I started playing guitar and writing songs so it just came about from that, so wouldn’t say it was a decision… I suppose it was more of an experiment! Some guitarists just stick to guitar, but I started writing songs and taught myself how to sing through doing that, and I am so glad I tried it out!

Your single ‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
It was written about the misinformation and lies from the government around COVID and how we as humans are trying to keep our heads above water at this very uncertain time. The title comes from the idea that we are heading in to a cashless society, so it made me think about coins and how we have always used them for making wishes in the wishing well.

And it’s now been remixed by INWARDS – how did this collaboration come about?
I’ve known Kris for a couple of years before signing to Small Pond. We met at Nozstock festival a few years back as Yumi were playing and our radio plugger introduced us, and I listened to his music on the way home and it was so sick. I’ve always been a massive fan of his music so I was so happy when he said he wanted to remix this song.

We love the dreamy melodies and soaring vocals of your songs, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
Oh wow such a hard question… My main influences have changed over the years from starting the project, but I suppose to name a few for this EP would be: Mamman Sani, Secret Service, Alvvays, Dire Straits and The Cure.

Of course, no one’s going to see live music right now, but – in more ‘normal’ times – how is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
My local music scene is incredible and I miss it so much. I was trying to go to a gig a week minimum before lockdown, and I can’t wait to get out again. Live music is something you just can’t beat and all this virtual gig stuff I know people are trying but it doesn’t cut it for me. Nothing beats being in a room with people losing themselves and being immersed in sound waves that are being created right in front of you.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Me and my live band being there in person, and trying to imitate the recordings – ha ha! Yeah, nothing fancy, just maybe that we are wearing clean clothes.

How do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
As it’s very much a DIY ethos these days, you can’t just be a musician anymore – you kind of have to learn a bit about marketing and promotion etc. So, it’s a shame really because you would just want to spend most of your time writing and being expressive. So, it’s not difficult to get noticed, it’s more difficult to know how to get noticed, if you want to get noticed. But, ultimately, it’s being in the right place at the right time, because you meet people along the way and you don’t realise how people can have an effect until further down the line.

Finally, as we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
At the moment I can’t stop telling people about a band called Actors. They released an album in 2019 and it’s fantastic. New/upcoming bands-wise I think keep an ear out for Club Kuru (UK), Oslo Parks (UK), Clementine Dream (FR), and SONS (BE).

Huge thanks to Ruby for answering our questions! 

‘What Will Become Of The Wishing Well’ is out now, taken from Yumi And The Weather’s upcoming EP, Some Days, set for release on 3rd December via Small Pond Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

LISTEN: GIRLI vs The Tuts – ‘Mr 10pm Bedtime (Remix)’

London’s GIRLI might be a Hot Mess, but she sure knows how to organise a cracking collaboration. She’s already worked with the Dream Wife girls who remixed her track ‘Not That Girl’ (and we spotted her dancing on stage at their sold out Scala gig), but now she’s teamed up with The Tuts to release an almighty reversion of ‘Mr 10pm Bedtime’.

The track is taken from her recent 4 track EP, Hot Mess, and The Tuts have hijacked the song and turned it in to an up-beat, guitar laden, pop-punk banger. They’ve stayed true to the gutsy nature of the original recording, but it’s extra cool now The Tuts have got involved. Have a listen and see for yourself…

GIRLI’s Hot Mess EP is out now via PMR/Virgin EMI Records. Click here to buy your copy.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut