‘Planet’ is both the title track and debut UK release by singer-songwriter Irene Skylakaki, recorded in her adopted home of London. Produced by Danton Supple (Morrissey, The XX, Elbow, Suede), it’s an assured collection of songs that have a clear musical identity, with a sound that is reminiscent of Laura Marling, Feist, FKA Twigs and Marika Hackman. Irene fills ‘Planet’ with a mix of musings on love and disillusionment. Listen here
Born in Greece, Irene studied in London before moving back to Athens to pursue music full time – an endeavour that led to her releasing two critically acclaimed albums in her native country. She has also supported such artists as diverse as Macy Gray, Jessie Ware, Beirut, Daughter, and Cass McCombs.
After returning to the Capital, Irene forged her path onwards through serendipitous circumstances – she met Lola Marlin (Director of Sarm Studios), who introduced her to producer Danton Supple, while trying to retrieve a lost dog in Maida Vale. This meeting led Irene to writing an album’s worth of material within two weeks, containing the songs which form ‘Planet’.
This intensive period of writing and the existential introspection stemming from it lies at the heart of the EP’s sound and message. On the melodic and rhythmically tumbling ‘Planet’, Irene sings “Is there some other type of planet I could land on, different values to rely on ‘cause I’ve been turning into someone I am not”.
With her live band, consisting of Irene on guitar and vocals, Tryfon Koutsourelis on keyboards, and alternating drummers Richard Jupp (Elbow) and Sebastian Hankins (The Leisure Society) (who all feature on the EP), she will perform tracks from ‘Planet’ when she headlines The Islington in London on February 22nd.