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“Gorgeously melodic, motorik pop” The Guardian
“a continuously exciting and distinctive group” The Line of Best Fit
“They’ve got a real warmth and purpose to their song writing” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
Wiltshire quartet Wasuremono reveal new single ‘ An Ordinary Life’ - taken from upcoming album ‘Let’s Talk Pt. 1’
out April 23rd . With this they also announce a headline UK tour for October (dates further down).
Augmenting the band’s traditional bedroom-pop tendencies with natural piano and strings, ‘An Ordinary Life’ can’t
help but bring a smile to your face with it’s breezy, optimistic sound. The expansion in sound is intentional, and so is
this positive sentiment - as songwriter and multi-instrumentalist William Southward explains:
“I’m a sucker for a pop song, and there are loads on the album, but I think one thing that has changed is that I have
written some longer songs this time round, almost like movies rather than episodes of a series. This song goes to so
many places I didn’t expect. To me it sounds like an adventure - searching for that haven, even when it feels like the
world is crashing down. It is about big changes and the unexpected twists and turns of life, but discovering the simple things in life can be the most important and have the most meaning, and that we have a responsibility for what we
are leaving future generations.
“Build more houses for our children, fill the tanks with Oxytocin” - I’m also pretty chuffed I managed to get oxytocin as
a lyric in one of my songs!”
‘Let’s Talk Pt. 1’ is the first instalment in an ambitious double-album release for 2021, taking its name from its direct
message - to implore people to be more open around mental health issues. In this sense it is an almost direct
follow-up thematically to acclaimed 2019 album ‘Are You Ok?’ . Going this split album route wasn’t necessarily
planned however, with the confusion of our current time being turned towards a positive, as songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist William Southward explains:
“With all the delays to tours and release plans due to COVID-19, I spent a lot more time writing new material. That’s
where the decision to put out a double album came about. Both parts will be album length”
The band fall into a similar space to Pizzagirl , Barrie , Girl Ray and The Undercover Dream Lovers in its addictive,
sophisticated LoFi pop. The messages and sounds of their work has had particular resonance, creating a cult fan
following as well as opening doors at key cultural gate-keepers. Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne at BBC 6 Music
have been key champions, with spins also coming in from Radio 1 and Apple Music 1. The likes of The Guardian , The
Line of Best Fit , DORK Magazine and Louder Than War at press have been singing their praises.
On the live side, support slots with the iconic Flaming Lips and Phosphorescent have seen the band take in legendary
London venues the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and KOKO .
Wasuremono are William Southward , Madelaine Ryan , Phoebe Phillips and Isaac Phillips .
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