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Durham lo-fi/chill pop outfit Pointy Features drop their debut album, Hill End, on Friday 8th March, with a launch gig at Cluny 2 on the same day.

The seven-song album draws from a variety of styles, including blues, funk, psych and folk, with nods to the classic rock sounds of the sixties and seventies but with a modern twist. It was produced by John Martindale (Sam Fender, Pale White, Pigsx7) at Blank Studios who has done a cracking job of capturing the essence of a band who really know how to play. 

Ahead of the launch, the band try to encapsulate the sounds of the album using other tracks….

Pink Floyd- Shine On You Crazy Diamond
I feel daft introducing this – is there a more iconic guitar track? This epic weaves intricate textures with soaring solos, mirroring the interplay between Dan’s bluesy bends and Kieran’s vocals. Then there’s the double entendre – weaving layers of meaning into seemingly simple lines. Absolutely class. You can hear its influence on ‘Seascape’ in tone, time signature and lyrical style.

Free – Riding on a Pony 
This one’s a nod to Kieran’s vocal influences. Free’s Paul Rodgers had a raw power that resonates with Kieran’s live performances. It’s not only about hitting the notes but about emotion and honesty. The guitar work of Kossoff – those choppy chords and bluesy phrasing play a big part in our own tracks (see ‘Trouble’ / ‘Open Seas’).

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard  – The River
We’re huge fans of King Gizzard’s ability to twist classic psych-rock into something fresh and modern. “The River” with its swirling guitars and filtered vocals taps into that same experimental madness we’d love to bring to our live shows. Our track “No Matter” has a similar hypnotic feel with a touch of their vocal sound.

John Martyn  – I Don’t Wanna Know
Imagine a mix of folk rock, blues, jazz and those lovely Rhodes / Wurli key sounds. John Martyn’s masterpiece resonates with our mix of influences. It captures the essence of what we’re about – a blend of genres, tipping our hats to the roots that shape our sound.

Grateful Dead – Truckin’
This one’s pure energy. The Dead were masters of the extended jam, letting the music take them wherever it wanted. We’d hope that a bit of their freewheeling spirit is alive in our live shows.

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