Pillow Queens - Name Your Sorrow [DINKED EDITION 278] (LP)

Name Your Sorrow [DINKED EDITION 278]
£24.99
Due on 19/04/2024
LP

Candyfloss vinyl
Gatefold sleeve
Signed print
Alternate artwork

Dinked Edition 278
After forming in 2016, Pillow Queens released a series of singles, honing their craft and working towards their first album, In Waiting (2020). Along the way there has been acclaim from UK and American press, many sold-out gigs and an appearance on James Corden's Late Late Show. After signing with Canada's Royal Mountain Records, they released a follow-up album, Leave the Light On in 2022, touring the UK, US and Europe extensively, including shows at Austin's SXSW and supporting Phoebe Bridgers in Glasgow.

Three albums in three years indicates a serious work ethic, for their new album Name Your Sorrow they stuck to a strict schedule. They showed up every day from nine-to-five, in a windowless Dublin room to just play, swap instruments and experiment. From there, they decamped to a rural retreat in County Clare along the Atlantic coastline of Ireland, to immerse themselves further. The palpable shift in sound and tone is possibly the result of working with a new producer, Collin Pastore from Nashville, who has produced boygenius, Lucy Dacus and Illuminati Hotties. The band holed up for three weeks at Analogue Catalogue studio in Newry, and quickly noticed that the change of scene and personnel impacted on the record.

The result of combining new experimentation, heartfelt lyrics and a sound that pinballs from quiet and loud offers a kind of catharsis. Of picking through the shrapnel to find slivers of hope. Previously, the band have road-tested new tracks live, playing them to an audience and reworking them based on the crowd's reaction. They haven't done that this time, because the songs already feel fully formed. The band also had to unlearn the process of questioning whether a song sounded like "a Pillow Queens song." There are definite links to the last two albums, but Name Your Sorrow feels like a triumphant step in another direction.

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Tracklist:

1. February 8th
2. Suffer
3. Like a Lesson
4. Blew Up the World
5. Friend of Mine
6. The Bar's Closed
7. So Kind
8. Heavy Pour
9. One Night
10. Love II
11. Notes on Worth