Penelope Isles announces 2022 tour with Pom Poko, discusses her favorite music of 2021
british group Penelope Islands, led by siblings Lily and Jack Wolter, released the formidable What a way to be happy earlier this year. It’s a wonderfully dynamic album, full of expansive, soaring melodies and big screen production, which benefits from an excellent mix from Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann. One of the stars, the bubbly “Have You Heard”, just received a video directed by director Jamie Thraves, who directed “Just” by Radiohead and “The Scientist” by Coldplay. hat “Just”, and features the group’s label boss Bella Union (and former bassist of the Cocteau Twins) Simon raymonde. You can watch this below.
Penelope Isles also just announced a North American tour with the Norwegians Pom poko and british group ME REX on most dates. The New York Show is coming March 9 at Elsewhere Zone 1 (and is with Pom Poko and youbet) and the LA show is March 25 in Moroccan. Tickets for the entire tour go on sale Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m. local time, and all tour dates are listed below.
Incidentally, Penelope Isles was among the artists who were kind enough to send us a list of the top 10 albums of 2021. Lily, Jack, bassist Henry Nicholson and drummer Joe Taylor all contributed to the Top 10, which includes Little Simz, Lost Horizons, Katy J Pearson, L’Rain and more, as well as their thoughts on their selections. Check that out below.
PENELOPE ISLES – FAVORITE MUSIC OF 2021
In quiet moments – Lost horizons (Lily)
It was an honor to be part of this album. In true LH style, there is something for everyone. Favorite Song – “Every Beat That Passes”. It’s a renewal of Cocteau 2021! Gorgeous.
Favorite track – “Every Beat That Passed”
Sometimes I could be introverted – Little Simz (Lily)
She really is an icon, isn’t she? The artwork says it all before you even hear what’s on it. The arrangements are so creative. Her group are breasts! And she’s going full steam ahead, which is pretty inspiring. Another badass woman making history.
Favorite track – “Venom”
“Like I Used To” – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (Lily)
Although this is only a single, it is one of our favorite releases of the year and must be on this list !!! Every after-party this song makes an appearance and someone grabs a hairbrush / remote for a microphone.
Return – Katy J Pearson (Jack)
I’ve been a fan of Katy ever since I heard her song “Tonight” from that album. I kept seeing her at festivals, chatting with mutual friends and stuff, and finally had the courage to say hello! She’s adorable which makes the songs even better. I feel like she has such a remarkable voice. So recognizable and unique. I look forward to the next record. Heard it would be a giveaway!
Favorite track – “Tonight”
Air from the rue du Nord – Holiday ghosts (Jack)
I’ve been a fan of Sam’s music for over 10 years now. I met him when I was at Falmouth University. He really inspired me with the production side of music. We used to sit in his room and do fun, crisp sounding demos on a Boss 8 track recorder. He sent me the very first Holiday Ghosts music (it was before Holiday Ghost) and I loved it. It’s amazing how he and Kat are a team that now makes amazing songs. This album is their best work to date.
Favorite track – “Leaving Today”
Red EP – Laundromat (Jack)
My friend Theo Bird turned me to the laundromat. One of those groups that you need in your life. Such an atmosphere. Everything seems to be in your head already … pressed against your eardrum. It is as if Odelay Beck and Beak> had a baby. Or a Happy Bec>! Toby is also a legend. Beware of more of his music coming soon.
Favorite track – “EN BLOC”
7 years EP – Last living cannibal (Henri)
An artist and a close friend to my heart. This disc sums up parts of Alister which sometimes remain under the surface, while always making us succumb to nostalgia for its melodic structures and its beautiful arrangements of chords.
Favorite track – “Crystal Palace”
In fact, you can – Deer hoof (Henry)
A sonic path that is recognizable by any hoof head but abundantly unexplored. This group always reminds me of why I listen to music – endless hooks with dirty twists, and having to work towards an inevitable epiphany.
Favorite Track – “Ancient Mysteries, Described”
Tired – L’Rain (Joe)
I’ve never heard anything like it before this record. I just think it’s really cool and takes me to a whole different place than where I am.
Favorite track – “Two Face”
Nijuu in the forest – Nijuu (Joe)
This record was made by my best friend Yujin. The album explores his discovery of trust in the most magical way. She is the best.
Favorite track – “Sol, Flower, Water And Fish”
Penelope Isles 2022 US Tour Dates
3/5/2022 – Washington DC – Songbyrd * ^
3/7/2022 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall * ^
3/8/2022 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Foundry * ^
03/09/2022 – Brooklyn, NY – Zone 1 Elsewhere * #
3/11/22 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar * ^
3/12/22 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike room at Crofoot * ^
03/14/22 – Chicago, Illinois – Cobra Lounge * ^
03/15/22 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway * ^
03/20/22 – Dallas, TX – The Cambridge Room at House of Blues * ^
03/23/22 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge * ^
03/24/22 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room * ^
03/25/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Salon * ^
03/26/22 – San Francisco, CA – Brick + Mortar * ^
03/28/22 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret * ^
03/29/2022 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios * ^
03/30/2022 – Seattle, WA – Madame Lou’s at The Crocodile *
* with Pomo Poko
^ with ME REX
# with youbet