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Few local acts can have experienced such upheaval over the course of the decade as Worry Party. Beginning life as a DIY post hardcore/emo outfit, the moniker was subsequently taken up by leader Steven Chell, who turned his hand to bedroom production following the group’s dissolution. Having returned from a three-year live hiatus and settled on a new three-piece line-up, this month finally sees an unlikely shift reach fruition, with new EP Souvenir presenting their first fully calibrated recordings in eight years.

Settling upon a serene ambient pop sound, the group’s guitars have been repurposed and reassigned; their sparse chimes submerged by swathes of lush electronics and beautifully nuanced, textured production. Two of the tracks, Beach Blood and Traveller, have already impressed as singles, yet it’s closing number Waves which leaves the deepest impression, with Chell’s vocal echoing the soulful autotune experiments of Purity Ring, Bon Iver and 808s-era Kanye West.

Staged at Cobalt Studios on Saturday 20th April, the EP launch features performances from two further gems in local favourite Nathalie Stern and Yorkshire’s Mayshe Mayshe. The former will be airing enveloping sounds from her imminent full-length; while the latter showcases the minimal, inventive pop of debut LP Cocoa Smoke, having delighted on previous visits to the region for the likes of Northern Electric Festival and Endless Window.


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