Hot on the heels of their last release, London three-piece Playing House return with their brand new EP, ‘Jocelyn’, released on Soft Belly Records on April 7th. This concise output features 3 intelligent and refreshingly bold alt-pop earworms that tell the story of a relationship through various stages. Stream ‘Jelly Legs’ HERE
“It’s centred around the push and pull of what it is to learn to be with someone whilst learning to be yourself” singer Mel Patman tells us, “It also signifies us going into the next stage as a band, exploring the complex feelings of all being together and adjusting to increasing pressures”. It’s a message conveyed beautifully across these tracks, with an audibly more polished production quality, bringing the pop element of their sound to the forefront and allowing Patman’s song writing to take the listener on a personal journey.
It’s the bands ability to write such infectious pop melodies to contrast with their often brutally honest lyrics that earn them their retrocentric comparisons such as Talking Heads, David Bowie and A Flock Of Seagulls. Produced by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Ghostpoet, Spacemen 3), ‘Jocelyn’ explores a much more synth-lead sound to Playing House than their previous cuts. For this, the band had chosen the perfect partner in Formby, a man well-known for his collection of synths and a passion for creating experimental, quirky pop music.
The EPs lead single, ‘Jelly Legs’, is a playfully upbeat love song which showcases the bands anthemic song writing and tight, competent musical arrangement. Guitarist Killian McCorley fills the space with a more refrained picking style that weaves its way in and out of the song effortlessly, drawing inspiration from the likes of Simple Minds and Echo & the Bunnymen. Exquisitely delicate backing vocals from bassist Izzy Cox provide a stark contrast to Patman’s powerful and emotive lead. With themes of unexplored love, anxiety and the discovery of new feelings, it’s a track immediately relatable to any listener, and is squarely in the band’s sweet spot. This is what they do best.
Stemming from the vibrant East London queer community, Playing House first unleashed their sound on the London live circuit in September 2015 and have continued with shows at the likes of Servant Jazz Quarters, The Lexington, Birthdays, Old Blue Last (BBC Introducing) and Lock Tavern and have supported artists such as Beverly, Kimberly Anne, Palm Honey, Catholic Action, False-Heads and many more.