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This year sees the release of their highly anticipated new album “Which Way to Happy”.

When you’re trying to make it through tough times, you need a little light to find your way. That light blazes brightly on the alchemical second album from Penelope Isles, an album forged amid emotional upheaval and band changes. Setting the uncertainties of twentysomething life to alt-rock and psychedelic songs brimming with life, colour and feeling, Which Way to Happy emerges as a luminous victory for Jack and Lily Wolter, the siblings whose bond holds the band tight at its core. Produced by Jack and mixed by US alt-rock legend Dave Fridmann, the result is an intoxicating leap forward for the Brighton-based band, following the calling-card DIY smarts of their 2019 debut, “Until the Tide Creeps In“. Sometimes it swoons, sometimes it soars.

Sometimes it says it’s OK to not be OK. And sometimes it says it’s OK to look for the way to happy, too. Pitched between fertile coastal metaphors and winged melodies, intimate confessionals and expansive cosmic pop, deep sorrows and serene soul-pop pick-you-ups, it transforms “difficult second album” clichés into a thing of glorious contrasts: a second-album surge of up-close, heartfelt intimacies and expansive, experimental vision.

Their debut album “Until the Tide Creeps In” was produced by the band at the Bella Union studios in London and Brighton. They create dynamic blissed-out moments soaked in fuzz-noise waves – their songs fragile yet ferocious. Indie-psych currents and lustrous melodies blend with the siblings’ voices. To support the release they played over 150 shows all over the world, 

Penelope Isles will be playing headline dates in support of “Which Way to Happy”. See Penelope Isles at the The Bodega, Nottingham  Saturday 29th January 2022

PENELOPE ISLES – ” Sudoku “

Posted: September 23, 2021 in MUSIC
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Penelope Isles share “Sudoku”

Penelope Isles, the project of UK-born and bred siblings, co-songwriters and co-vocalists Lily and Jack WolterPenelope Isles’ sophomore album “Which Way To Happy” is due out November 5th via Bella Union Records, It’s the follow-up to their 2018 debut “Until The Tide Creeps In“.  “Which Way To Happy” which was produced by Jack, mixed by Dave Fridmann, and the latest single is the dreamy, melancholy “Sudoku,” the band shares another incredible record teaser with the psychedelic dream-pop single which Jack Wolter says “is probably the oldest song on the album. We used to play it in our old band, Your Gold Teeth, back on the Isle of Man when Lily and I first started making music. Dad loves a sudoku puzzle whilst he’s sat on the loo. So this one is for him! It’s a special song for us and we wanted to bring it back and play it with Penelope Isles.”

Jack and Lily spent much of 2019 driving through Europe and America with their bandmates, and, like many, felt everything was falling apart when COVID-19 put their upcoming plans to a halt. The duo, dealing with their own respective romantic heartaches, and coping with the loss of two band members who were replaced with Henry Nicholson, Joe Taylor, and Hannah Feenstra who contributed during recording,  (“A godsend after a low time,” says Lily) were staying in a small cottage in Cornwall to start work on the new album when lockdown began. Claustrophobia kicked in, existential anxiety over the pandemic permeated everything, and emotions ran high. “We were there for about two or three months, ultimately,” says Jack. “It was a tiny cottage and we all went a bit bonkers, and we drank far too much, and it spiralled a bit out of control. There were a lot of emotional evenings and realisations, which I think reflects in the songs. Writing and recording new music was a huge part of the recovery process for all of us.

”The result is an intoxicating leap forward for the Brighton-based band, following the calling-card DIY smarts of their 2019 debut, Until the Tide Creeps In. Sometimes it swoons, sometimes it soars. Sometimes it says it’s OK to not be OK. Pitched between fertile coastal metaphors and winged melodies, intimate confessions and expansive cosmic pop, it transforms “difficult second album” clichés into a thing of glorious contrasts: a second-album surge of up-close, heartfelt intimacies and expansive, experimental vision. 

“Sudoku” is taken from the Penelope Isles album “Which Way To Happy” released 5th November 2021 via Bella Union Records:

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On Tuesday British sibling duo Penelope Isles (Lily and Jack Wolter) announced a new album “Which Way To Happy”, and shared a new song from it, “Iced Gems” via a video for the single. Which Way to Happy is due out November 5th via Bella Union Records.

Which Way to Happy is the band’s sophomore album and follows their debut album, “Until The Tide Creeps In”, released in 2019 also via Bella Union. Jack produced the album, which was mixed by Dave Fridmann. New backing band members Henry Nicholson, Joe Taylor, and Hannah Feenstra all contributed to the recording of Which Way to Happy, as did composer Fiona Brice.

As the pandemic took hold, Jack and Lily decamped to a cottage in Cornwall to begin writing and recording the album.

“We were there for about two or three months,” says Jack in a press release. “It was a tiny cottage and we all went a bit bonkers, and we drank far too much, and it spiralled a bit out of control. There were a lot of emotional evenings and realizations, which I think reflects in the songs. Writing and recording new music was a huge part of the recovery process for all of us.”

When you’re trying to make it through tough times, you need a little light to find your way. That light blazes brightly on the alchemical second album from Penelope Isles, an album forged amid emotional upheaval and band changes. Setting the uncertainties of twentysomething life to alt-rock and psychedelic songs brimming with life, colour and feeling, Which Way to Happy emerges as a luminous victory for Jack and Lily Wolter, the siblings whose bond holds the band tight at its core. Produced by Jack and mixed by US alt-rock legend Dave Fridmann, the result is an intoxicating leap forward for the Brighton-based band, following the calling-card DIY smarts of their 2019 debut, Until the Tide Creeps In. Sometimes it swoons, sometimes it soars. Sometimes it says it’s OK to not be OK. And sometimes it says it’s OK to look for the way to happy, too. Pitched between fertile coastal metaphors and winged melodies, intimate confessionals and expansive cosmic pop, deep sorrows and serene soul-pop pick-you-ups, it transforms “difficult second album” clichés into a thing of glorious contrasts: a second-album surge of up-close, heartfelt intimacies and expansive, experimental vision.

The album includes the song “Sailing Still” a new song the band shared in July via a video directed by Jack and starring Lily. “Sailing Still” .

Earlier this year Lily (under her alter-ego KookieLou) sang guest vocals on the Lost Horizons song “Heart Of A Hummingbird”. “Iced Gems” is taken from the Penelope Isles album “Which Way To Happy” released 5th November 2021 via Bella Union:

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Indie-rock group Penelope Isles have been pretty quiet since the release of their lush and electric debut album Until The Tide Creeps In in 2019, but on new single “Sailing Still,” they prove that time has been spent maturing and evolving as songwriters. Complex string arrangements and heavy guitars drop like an anvil, feeling like a noise-pop avalanche has made contact. It’s hard to successfully pull off a song that makes such dynamic use of space—especially within the format Penelope Isles is used to—but they pull it off with the effortless brilliance of bands like Grizzly Bear or Beach House.

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Signed to Bella Union, this indie 4 piece from Brighton, UK, combine brother-sister vocal harmonies, Real Estate-esque melodic hooks going into full on fuzz rock. Their debut album, “Until The Tide Creeps In”, received a great response when released in July 2019 on Bella Union,  2019 got off to a great start with the band being selected as one of the ‘first fifty’ acts for The Great Escape and performing 2 intense sets at Eurosonic 2019.Their live show is phenomenal, with their sets at End of the Road , IFF and Eurosonic blowing people away and leading to the band being booked for Roskilde, Pukkelpop, Pohoda, Iceland Airwaves and Primavera Weekender and many more festivals in Summer 2019

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Penelope Isles performing “live in the KEXP” studio. Recorded October 30th, 2019.

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Cocteau Twins, former CT bassist Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas of Dif Juz are gearing up to release their second Lost Horizons albums, In Quiet Moments, on February 26th via Bella Union Records. It’s a double and packed with notable guest vocalists to help them achieve their cinematic vision. The terrific first half, which came out digitally back in November, features guest vocals from John Grant, Porridge Radio, Penelope Isles, former Midlake frontman Tim Smith and more, while Pt 2 features Marissa Nadler, Ural Thomas, The Innocence Mission’s Karen Peris, and more.

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As you’d expect from two men who released records during the ’80s arty heyday of 4AD, the artwork is as important as the music itself. The packaging for the Deluxe Edtion vinyl of In Quiet Moments is especially lovely and comes on ocean blue and green vinyl, with a wide-spinned sleeve on uncoated/reverse board and is housed in a cool PVC outer sleeve with printed text. (There’s also a sticker, for those looking to cover logos on your laptop or decorating your fridge.) We’ve got a special edition in our store where the first 100 orders come with an art print postcard signed by Simon Raymonde.  

While we wait for the whole thing to drop, you can listen toIn Quiet Moments Part 1 now along with the Marissa Nadler song, “Marie,” from Part 2:

Releases February 26th, 2021

Penelope Isles have released a video for “Underwater Record Store”

Penelope Isles have released a video for “Underwater Record Store,” the track is off the UK band’s debut album “Until The Tide Creeps In”, out now via Bella Union Records. Led by brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter, the band are about to embark on a American tour.  Additionally, Penelope Isles have launched Penny Isles TV, a new way for fans to keep up to date with the band while they are on the road.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the video, the band’s Jack Wolter had the following to say: “I came across this beautiful underwater footage of sea creatures while looking for visuals for our live show. It was made by some science school in San Francisco I think. I’m pretty sure it’s filmed in an aquarium, but made to look like it’s under the sea. The textures and colours feel really grainy and weird and move with the song perfectly. It was so much fun to make and was pretty nostalgic putting it together on an old train journey route I haven’t done in years; a six-hour trip to Cornwall along the coast line.

We were potentially going to work on video release with a ‘real life’ film maker we had been chatting with, but it felt right to do our last video for this record ourselves, just like all the others we put out. Finishing this chapter ‘in keeping’ with the other visuals we have released. We wanted to share the lyrics to the song within the video too, something we haven’t done before. Some parts and ideas were inspired by Deerhunter’s ‘Helicopter’ and Tweedy’s ‘I Know What It’s Like.”

Of the song itself, Lily Wolter says: “It was only a dream! Well a few combined actually… But the main one is from when I was a young girl. A great battle. Dad and I fought against a herd of great white sharks, that had infested a moat around a big sand castle, which I had proudly made. We won, of course. I have had the same dream a few times in my life, and since have added several quirks to the castle. One being an underwater record store.”

‘Underwater Record Store’ is taken from the debut album by Penelope Isles.

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UK band Penelope Isles released their terrific debut album, “Until the Tide Creeps In”, back in July. Led by siblings Jack and Lily Wolter, they make jazzy, shoegazy indie rock that is at times complex but feels effortless, aided by lush harmonies and swelling arrangements.

The band have now made a video for “Round,” which was directed by Jack (who wrote the song, too) and features a tour through Penelope Isles’ hometown of Brighton via a blobby alien. “‘Round’ was the first song I wrote when I moved to Brighton a few years ago,” says Jack. “I wrote it on a Danelectro 12-string, which I had to sell to pay the rent. We played the song constantly when we first started gigging and ended up leaving it out of the set for a while. We revisited it, as it felt weird to not include it on this record. We made the video in Brighton on one of the hottest days of the year. It consists of footage of Lily, dressed in a large round blow-up suit that pulsates with bright psychedelic colors and floating images of the band. We had a laugh making this one!”

Penelope Isles will soon be on their first-ever North American tour.

The band also have their own web series, Penny Isles TV, that features life on tour, and other behind-the-scenes fun.

Introducing Penelope Isles

Penelope Isles are a Brighton-based indie rock quartet centered across the songwriting chemistry of siblings Jack and Lily Wolter. After signing to Bella Union Records and impressing at this years SXSW with their searing reside present, they’re on the point of put out their debut album, “Till The Tide Creeps In”, later this summer.

Bella Union are thrilled to introduce new signings Penelope Isles, Between its chiming dream-pop, fuzz-noise waves, indie-psych currents and lustrous melodies, the album is a transporting show of expansive DIY vision, its elemental metaphors a fertile backdrop for the band’s innate inner chemistry and acute grasp of contrast.

Crisp and woozy, blissful and biting, it’s also an album powerful enough to sweep you away live. 

We’ve already heard two songs thus far, the fuzzily psych-rocking lead single “Chlorine” and a reside recording of the layered nine-minute available Live At Bella Studios opus “Gnarbone.”

“Chlorine” “It’s a song we often open our shows with, so it felt right to have it as the first single off the record,” say Penelope Isles. Bright and brisk, wide-eyed and wistful, ‘Chlorine’ is a dreamy introduction to the instinctive charms and alt-rock chops of the Isle of Man-via-Brighton quartet, ‘Chlorine’ harbours a tale of what the band call “a heart-breaking family divide”. Its potency heightened by the juxtaposition between the band’s fiery lead-guitar sorcery and sailing three-part harmonies, it’s a song of tremendous melodic calm and emotional rip tides, inviting and immersive.

Self-produced by Jack and recorded in Brighton’s Bella Studios, ‘Chlorine’ is a hypnotic teaser for Penelope Isles’ debut LP, And now they’re sharing one other new monitor, a dreamy old-school rock ‘n’ roll sway known as “Round”

“It’s a love music — a set of moments and ideas of what it’s wish to be in love,” Jack Wolter explains. “All the gorgeous moments and all of the troublesome occasions too. Going spherical full circle. The verses are like the gorgeous occasions that we’ll at all times keep in mind the place the refrain is the reality of the way it’s not at all times that simple.”

‘Round’ is taken from the debut album by Penelope Isles.

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Hailing from the Isle of Man via Brighton, Penelope Isles is the collaboration of brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter. 
The band mix waves of ambient delays and fuzz guitar noise, sonic dynamics and melodic pop hooks entwined with girl-boy harmonies. Their self-produced home recordings portray an honest lo-fi approach in capturing their own music. Their live set is hypnotic, captivating and moving, smeared with glistening psych, dreamlike chimes and potency that will transfix and satisfy.
Penelope Isles are currently recording their debut LP at the Bella Union Studios in Brighton .

Their set is the wide-eyed optimism of youth with a knack for great pop hooks which they smear with psych fuzz. Their tracks are like your favourite sweets with shards of broken glass embedded in them, the potential of which is just screaming out for attention.

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