London-based, Australian-born vocalist, musician and ethereal soundscaper Penelope Trappes is releasing her new EP Eel Drip, very shortly, all set for release digital and on 12″ solid white vinyl on October 23rd through Houndstooth. Penelope spoke with The Fountain about the new record as well as venues she is keen to play back in.

TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Eel Drip so far? How does it feel to have the single out there? 

Breaking the spell that Covid-19 has created and all of its holding patterns has been such a wonderful feeling. Releasing music again and sharing with listeners feels so important now more than ever as we all still wait for live venues and shows to commence again. I feel like my desire to break this spell has been reciprocated with a tonne of positive support and I am feeling very thankful and optimistic about what comes next, which includes Penelope Three in 2021.

TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?

It’s a slow, visceral and watery record that honours the physical and emotional changes in our bodies, acknowledging all our fears and anxieties and finding freedom from self doubt

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this EP release?

I am happily very busy producing, directing, and acting in a series of videos for Penelope Three, that comes out Spring 2021. I’m super excited about this!!! I have also begun to put together my live band. We will be starting rehearsals soon for the tours that will coincide with the LP release.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging when it’s possible? 

So far the most magical stage I have had the good fortune of performing on was Queen Elizabeth Hall in Southbank Centre back in January, just before the lockdown. The scope for delivering an expansive performance was so inspiring! And yet I am equally at home in intimate settings like St Pancras Old Church. I hope that the future stages I get to play will be a beautiful mix of these kind of beautiful unorthodox live venues.