Blue House ‘Simple Song’
New Music of the Week NME
‘A gorgeous debut’ The Line of Best Fit
‘Intriguing’ Loud & Quiet
Dreamily whooshing, nostalgically jangling, indie-pop’ Metro
Comprised of James Howard and Ursula Russell, formerly of Fiction and Drop Out Venus, London duo Blue House explore the intricacies of pop with a graceful swing. Their second single ‘Simple Song’ is set for release on March 18th via Arp Cleveland (Archie Bronson Outfit) and Kristian Robinson’s (Capitol K) newly founded Whipped Cream Records (Loose Meat, Super Best Friends Club, Bas Jan.) The label’s philosophy of unifying an emerging generation of English musicians with emphasis on deft poetics and quality song writing makes for a fitting union. The band will release their debut full length via the imprint later this year.
‘We are really happy to be joining the Whipped Cream roster. It’s great company for our songs to keep and the whole ethos of the project has a freshness that enticed us more than the other directions we could have gone. We’ve been recording at Total Refreshment Centre and as Whipped Cream Records is closely affiliated with that place it all makes perfect sense to us’ Blue House
‘Simple Song’ follows Blue House’s charming indie-pop debut ‘Hot Air Balloons’ and its hushed acoustic B-Side ‘Confessional.’ While the 90’s-esque ‘Hot Air Balloons’ demonstrated one facet of the band’s far-reaching sound and showcased their ability to craft an indie-pop gem, the latter recalled Elliott Smith at his most insular, decorated by Ursula’s voice and resonating in its own simplicity. Representing the first song the pair wrote together and following in a similar vein, upcoming single ‘Simple Song’ is a spontaneous and beguiling affair;
‘I came up with them the night before we went for our last day in the studio as James couldn’t find words for the verse that seemed to fit. I didn’t want the song to be discarded so I locked myself in my room and decided I wouldn’t leave till they were done.’ Ursula
The artwork continues the band’s ongoing collaboration with London based artist Phillip Reeves.
Blue House play End of the Road Festival in early September.