PILLOW QUEENS – ” Leave the Light On “

Posted: April 3, 2022 in MUSIC

Dublin quartet Pillow Queen chase last fall’s “Rats” EP with “Leave the Light On“, a 10-song collection that digs further into the group’s fuzzy, guitar-driven sensibilities. According to singer Pamela Connolly, album opener “Be by Your Side” is “about the mechanisms that are used to hide your vulnerabilities and carry on,” as well as the catharsis of letting out emotions. 

Two years on since the release of “In Waiting”, Pillow Queens release their new album “Leave The Light On” on Royal Mountain Records.

Leave the Light On” is an exploration of the uncertainty of emotions as they are in process, and an intuitive outpouring of ideas as they form. It’s about being intimately honest with yourself, and as a band. It’s about trusting that this state of vulnerability can be held as it emerges, by you, by us.

What do queer dream blues sound like? More importantly, what do they feel like? Leaving home at night, driving through the black back roads until the tungsten light starts to glow. “Uaigneas an chaldaigh”, the Irish sense of loneliness experienced on the shore. The confusion and discombobulation of waking and feeling unfamiliar. The liminal space between dreaming and being conscious. The unmooring that happens when a sense of self is being explored and sometimes slipping away.

But gravitating towards the unknown and the ambiguous can often yield the kinds of sounds and feelings that provide creative certainty, where the art is coming to you, as much as you going to it. “Leave the Light On” fills vast new sonic plains for Pillow Queens. It’s an album that encourages duality; to be soft and hard, delicate, and muscular, intimate and anthemic, alone and together. Collaborating on lyrics, a shared emotional experience fills these songs of hope and home, insecurity and estrangement, songs that track time passing and a sense of reflection grows deeper every day.

When real movement is stillness, when to be stationary feels transitionary, and when the most vital journey in life is to go within, then it’s time to leave the light on, and open up. For fans of PJ Harvey, Big Thief and Waxahatchee.

Released April 1st, 2022

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