Exclusive: Penelope Isles Share Lovely New Single, "Round"

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Exclusive: Penelope Isles Share Lovely New Single, "Round"

U.K. indie-rock outfit Penelope Isles have shared another new single from their forthcoming debut album Until the Tide Creeps In, out July 12 on Bella Union. “Round,” debuting right here at Paste this morning, follows lead single “Chlorine,” both of which have us eagerly anticipating the band’s full-length debut.

Jack Wolter, who splits songwriting duties with his sister Lily (Jack Sowton and Becky Redford round out the quartet) and self-produced Until the Tide Creeps In, describes “Round” as “a love song—a collection of moments and thoughts of what it’s like to be in love,” one that encompasses “all the beautiful moments and all the difficult times too, going round full-circle. The verses are like the beautiful times that we will always remember where the chorus is the truth of how it’s not always that easy.”

“Round” is another irresistible preview of Penelope Isles’ shockingly fully formed sound, a blend of psych-rock and dream-pop that’s sweet but never cloying, bold but never indulgent. Deft guitar and bass notes are interwoven under Wolter’s falsetto vocals, waves of reverb crashing and receding as he wonders “if you’re okay / we’re okay,” before the song comes back “Round” again.

The Wolter siblings’ chemistry is undeniable—though six years apart, their bond is built on music, as they previously performed together in a band called Your Gold Teeth (named, seemingly, for a Steely Dan track). Penelope Isles, though, is the name you’ll need to know in 2019 and beyond.

Listen to “Round” below and find Penelope Isles’ U.K./E.U. tour dates further down. You can preorder Until the Tide Creeps In here.

Penelope Isles Tour Dates:

May
04 – Liverpool, U.K. @ Liverpool Sound City
05 – Manchester, U.K. @ Sounds From The Other City
07 – Paris, France @ Le Supersonic
09 – Brighton, U.K. @ The Great Escape
10 – Brighton, U.K. @ The Alternative Escape
11 – Brighton, U.K. @ The Great Escape
16 – Wrexham, U.K. @ FOCUS Wales
23 – Dortmund, Germany @ FZW
24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling
25 – Laval, France @ Les 3 Elephants

June
15 – Maastricht, Netherlands @ Transformer Festival
25 – Kiel, Germany @ FahrradKinoKombinat
26 – Berlin, Germany @ Urban Spree
28 – Lärz, Germany @ Fusion Festival
29 – Kassel, Germany @ Schlachthof Biergarten
30 – Offenbach, Germany @ Hafen 2

July
06 – Six Fours Les Plages, France @ Festival Pointu
13 – Trencín, Slovakia @ Pohoda Festival
26 – Topcliffe, U.K @ Deer Shed Festival
27 – Turku, Finland @ ILMIÖ Festival

August
11 – Cornwall, U.K @ Boardmasters
16 – Breacon Beacons, U.K. @ Green Man Festival
17 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop

September
19 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Indiestadt
22 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ V11
24 – Frankfurt, Germany @ The Cave
25 – Dresden, Germany @ Ostpol
26 – Leipzig, Germany @ Nochbesserleben
29 – Karlsruhe, Germany @ P8

November
09 – Reykjavik, Iceland @ Iceland Airwaves
25 – Guildford, U.K. @ The Boileroom
26 – Cambridge, U.K. @ Portland Arms
27 – Oxford, U.K. @ The Jericho Tavern
28 – Leeds, U.K. @ Hyde Park Book Club
29 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s

December
01 – Newcastle, U.K. @ Cluny 2
02 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Hug & Pint
03 – York, U.K. @ The Fulford Arms
04 – Leicester, U.K. @ The Cookie
05 – London, U.K. @ Oslo Hackney
06 – Bristol, U.K. @ Rough Trade Bristol