New Music – Bleach Lab – Old Ways


Bleach Lab – Old Ways


Bleach Lab, one of our tips for 2021 ( or perhaps 2022 if the year pans out like 2020 ) release a languidly beautiful new track entitled “Old Ways”  from their forthcoming debut EP A Calm Sense of Surrounding.

It’s a track that fuses singer Jenna Kyle’s shimmering, graceful vocal with guitarist Frank Wates’ coruscating guitar flourishes to create something sprawling, incredibly beautiful and strangely comforting.  Kyle sounds wistful, but there’s a sense of resigned anger in the mix as she explains “Old Ways” explores the angry side of the grieving process at the end of a relationship. Anger towards the way in which they treated you but also towards oneself for still missing them regardless.”   

The forthcoming EP melds together two traumatic experiences of grief; the death of bassist Josh Longman’s father and the breakdown of singer Jenna Kyle’s long-term relationship. In line with the collaborative ethos that informs the band, they both write the lyrics together and  A Calm Sense Of Surrounding explores the five-stages of grief – anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance. However, the band traverse the emotional undercurrents beneath this process often using the sea as a metaphor.  It includes the previous single “Never Be”  and certainly serves notice that Bleach Lab are hugely talented songwriters and musicians with an innate ability to craft beautifully affecting soundscapes underpinned by emotional intelligence and literate, poetic wordplay.


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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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