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Reviews: Pitou at The Great Escape

We’ve just returned from a great weekend at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton (big thanks to HPC Music Support!), where Pitou played two shows. Here’s what the press had to say about it:

The 405:
”Back inland, Amsterdam songwriter Pitou has found a beautifully appropriate setting for her set in the form of the Greek-style chapel of the Unitarian Church, a stunning building that alas is currently clad in restorative scaffolding. Inside though, the history and mystique is still in full exposure. Pitou is performing just days after the release of her excellent EP I Fall Asleep So Fast and the pews are filled for her arrival. She is flanked by two seraphic backing singers, the three spinning and diving in sophisticated vocal formations that reveal Pitou’s background in classical music. She introduces ‘Give Me a Glass’ by telling us that it’s a song about alcohol, so we’re likely all going to hell, but at least we got a little slice of heaven here first. These arrangements will work everywhere, but by the rousing reception at the end of this set, there is an understanding that this was a little special”. Full article here.

CLASH Magazine:
“Over at Komedia, rising Dutch star Pitou is absolutely sensational, layering harmonies with her two backing singers that one can only soak up and applaud.” Full article here.

God Is In The TV Zine:
“The front of the stage is lined with photographers ahead of Pitou’s Dutch Showcase which would be enough to make anyone feel a little like a lion at the zoo. But as soon as the first crisp sounds of her vocals cut through the PA, the singer’s in her element with a crowd mesmerised. Much like fellow earnest pop purveyors, Peggy Sue, Pitou’s four-strong band are her choir of echoes atop minimalist folk strings. The drummer plays tentatively at first, just hands and fingers, a primitive kind of percussion; fitting for a sound that clearly comes so naturally to them all. There are tUnE yArDs’ levels of dizzying details in the layered whimsy of recent single ‘Problems’, as the Amsterdam-born artist follows the song’s protagonist into the dark. Back to the limelight, she thanks the crowd for joining her: “You all have nice faces but the soul is more important. I can’t see your souls so I’ll have to assume you all have decent souls”. After all, there is dark and light but it’s what’s inside that really counts and Pitou is intelligently crafted folk-pop to the core.” Full article here.

Bloop Magazine:
”Dutch indie-folk sensation Pitou framed her emotionally intelligent commentaries within hypnotic harmonies and a wistful gaze. Komedia centre stage was her barstool at the pub, where she gushed to her crowd about how proud she was of her new EP and how grateful she was to us for abandoning the sunshine to listen to her play in a sweaty, underground basement. A charming smile flickered across her face as she layered harmony upon harmony for ‘Give Me a Glass’. It’s a curiously intellectual pop-folk song that explores how we see ourselves and the outside world after drinking, with its excellent production quality lending itself to stand out in a live set. It would be unfair to compare the Amsterdam-born musician’s sound to the likes of Laura Marling or Daughter, because her music is totally individualised by her spellbinding church-choir tone, intelligent lyricism that perfectly balances the darkness and light of human emotion, and way she uses multiple tiers of vocal harmonies as an instrument by themselves. ” Full article here.

For Pitou’s interview with Line Of Best Fit, see here.

Out Now: Pitou’s ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’

Here she is: Pitou’s new EP ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’
Out now on all digital platforms, on 12” vinyl and CD. ❤️ Have a listen here.
You can order the 12” vinyl and CD in our webshop, or buy the record in local record stores. Big thanks to Spotify for adding tracks to New Music Friday, New Alternative, PIAS’ Independent Music Monday, 3VOOR12 Nieuwe Muziek, Your Office Stereo and more.

Gigwise on Pitou: Like Tinkerbell Serenading You From the Far Side of a Wormhole

Big thanks to Gigwise for the kind words on Pitou’s soon to be released track ‘Be Delicate’, as heard on BBC Radio 1.

‘Don’t get us wrong: when we say it’s a cappella, overlaid with recurring one-woman harmonies, we’re not lumping Pitou in with your garden-variety open-mic-loop-pedal brigade. That’d be comparing a layby cheeseburger with a sliver of prime Kobe steak. No, her insistent, one-chord recursive entreaty to “be delicate” atomises on the eardrum like diamond-coloured ocean spray.Regimented but gentle (…) Mechanical but empathic. Like Tinkerbell serenading you from the far side of a wormhole, or an archangel contemplating eternity in some heavenly hall of mirrors.’

Read the full article here.

Pitou’s new EP ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’ will be out on May 11th, accompanied by a release show at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam on May 13th. Get tickets for the show here.

Pitou’s ‘Be Delicate’ on BBC Radio 1

Pitou has revealed the artwork for her upcoming EP ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’, due for release on May 11th, with a release show at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam on May 13th.

‘Be Delicate’ is the 4th track from the new EP, that was kindly played on BBC Radio 1 by both Hugh Stephens and Phil Taggart. Listen back to Phil’s show here, ‘Be Delicate’ can be heard at about 57:00.

“I love that. It’s so .. so strange isn’t it. I can’t wait to hear the full record. That’s a very brave move as a new musician, releasing something that is completely a capella.”

We can’t wait to share the full EP with you on May 11th. If you can make it to the release show, be sure to get your tickets in advance. You can do that here.

Mink takes over OT301 (Amsterdam) and PIP (The Hague)

We are hosting two crazy live nights at two of our favourite venues, on the 5th and 6th of April, one at OT301 (5/4), Amsterdam and at one PIP Den Haag (6/4)! We are joined by our friends Phobophobes from London, The Mighty Breaks, The Hazzah and Teddy’s Hit. Dancing + DJ’s after. Don’t miss it.

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Facebook events:
Amsterdam | OT301: Mink Presents: Phobophobes (U.K), The Mighty Breaks, Teddy’s Hit &
The Hague | PIP: Mink Presents: Phobophobes (UK), The Mighty Breaks & The Hazzah

PHOBOPHOBES (U.K.)

Nothing is stable, everything is usually on the brink of collapse, yet Phobophobes have dragged their weird and wonderful dark psychedelic rock’n’roll into the light of “Miniature World”, their recently released debut album. Their influences are widespread – and atypical – with the music closer to the spirit of apocalyptic garage rock than it is to consumer pop. Think Wall of Voodoo, Joe Meek and Leonard Cohen via Monty Python and The Magic Roundabout. Phobophobes are now as settled as a band as they have ever been and “Miniature World” serves notice that a new era has begun. Recently they have started to gain more and more attention. Lauren Laverne has regularly played the band’s tracks on BBC 6 Music, while the album was mixed by Youth, of Killing Joke, who produced “Urban Hymns” by The Verve.

THE MIGHTY BREAKS

Known for their high energy live shows, The Mighty Breaks’ weapons of choice are fuzzy guitars, keyboard riffs and the perhaps unusual but well thought out addition of saxophone, a combination so constructed that it would make any set of ears twitch. Their Garage Pop/90’s alternative sound is inspired by artists like Guided By Voices, Black Lips and The Dandy Warhols. TMB released their debut EP on Mink Records last year, toured the Netherlands and Italy, and are currently working on their debut album.

THE HAZZAH

Explosive fuzz sounds, a groovy transistor organ and thick waves of ‘verb will keep you floating as the boys of The Hazzah bring you their surfy garagerock. Their combination of sultry psych jams, garage and a load of live energy make every show an experience. Their sound has been described as The Black Lips and Allah Las having a one night stand. The Hazzah released their debut EP ‘XEX’ on Mink Records last year. Noisey/Vice premiered their video for ‘Not Getting Older’, and the band played Dutch travelling music festival Popronde. The band is currently recording new material.

TEDDY’S HIT

The new Amsterdam-based band everyone is talking about. After releasing a teaser of their debut track ‘Tori’s Love’ on Pornhub, accompanied by a great video by Danny Griffioen, they grabbed the attention of the Dutch indie media. Their slackerrock sounds like a tougher mix of Ultimate Painting, Mac DeMarco and White Denim.

New Release: Avocet’s Ethereal ‘Causeway’

We proudly bring to your ears the ethereal track ‘Causeway’ by Scotland-based trio Avocet. Available on all major streaming platforms ?

Vocals & harp: Iona Zajac
Guitar: Sam Grassie
Double bass: Herbie Loening
Recorded in Amsterdam at the Abbey Road Institute by Michiel Mutsaerts & Dieter Boels, executive production by Marieke McKenna, mastering by Bart Schatteleijn, artwork by Michiel Mutsaerts

Many thanks to Spotify, Folk Radio UK and Indie & Folk Radio for adding Causeway to some beautiful playlists.