ALBUM REVIEW: Penelope Isles – Until The Tide Creeps In | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 12.07.19






The latest in an influx of quality Brighton indie bands, Penelope Isles perhaps take more from their watery surroundings than most on this fine debut full of lush summery dream pop. Opener Chlorine’s 70’s pop feel, fuzzy lead guitar and lavish production sets the sails and it’s mostly plain sailing on the likes of Round, with its Beach Boys-esque harmonies. The epic Gnarbone is the highlight, with more hooks than your average Captain, whilst Leipzig bizarrely reimagines Weezer’s Buddy Holly.

Occasionally it can get a little bogged down in murky waters, as on the dirgy Not Talking and songs can overstay their welcome but, for the most part, Penelope Isles are riding the crest of a wave.



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