London-based Penniless Cove, four-piece, Phoebe Osborne, Gail Babb, Sam McEvoy, Tom Fairbairn have a new single out. Too Tight has been getting airplay so we thought it time to catch up with Pheobe about the new track and her plans for the year.
TF: You have a new single out, that must be exciting?
It is so exciting! I have been nurturing Too Tight for a while now – from when I first wrote the chorus hook, to the final master. It really feels like a journey and I get to watch the ideas grow and develop. First, working with the producer (Tom Fairbairn) to finalise the sound I wanted, then collaborating with an amazing photographer and videographer (Ben Sommers). Putting visuals to the song really made it come to life – I really love the job he did putting the mood of the song into images. To let it out into the world is extremely satisfying.
TF: And what has been the reception been like to Too Tight, can you elaborate on the single?
It’s been really great, thanks. The song has been covered by lots of blogs and magazines including Fame Magazine and XSNoise, as well as being picked up on lots of playlists that have had a large following in different countries around the world. I now have thousands of people listening to my track in Kansas City and Brazil, which is super exciting.
TF: And can we look forward to an EP or LP from you soon?
So the plan is to release another couple of singles. River Lea, which is not a love song, but almost, will be released on Friday 6th December. Silence features an amazing spoken word artist Arji Manuelpillai and will be released in January, and has a music video that I can’t wait to share with everyone. It is quite different to lots of the music I have made so far, which makes it even more exciting to see how it flies. Then the full album Onion Peel is going to be released early Feb. This is a collection of songs written about a relationship with cracks and its demise. I’m not so good at writing happy songs, but I do like to use metaphor to put a dark comedic lens on the world. I think this makes things relatable and lighter than they could be.
TF: Can we look forward to seeing you live soon, particularly here in Scotland?
I’ll be doing more live shows in the new year with some Sofar Sounds dates early Jan, followed by some London shows and the album launch in Feb. I would love to come further north. I am a big fan of Scotland, so hoping to come to Edinburgh and Glasgow around spring. It would be great to do some live shows back home in South Wales too!
TF: And what has been your favourite gig to date?
Oooooh thats a difficult one. I love playing intimate shows – very happy singing in someone’s living room, especially if they have an acoustic piano. I played a night in the Servants Jazz Quarters in Dalston earlier this month which had really great sound. My recent Stop Look Listen night at The Finsbury was also great, as you could hear a pin drop in the room. When I have the audience’s attention, performing is really quite wonderful.