This release heralds the arrival of their deluxe version of Boat, due in early October
Elli Chappelhow
16:31 9th September 2019

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If the release of the intoxicating Boat back in May didn’t curb your Pip Blom appetite, the Dutch four-piece are releasing a limited edition, deluxe version of their debut album, which received a glowing review from us. This limited release of Boat comprises a newly-arranged LP with an alternate cover and two 7” singles – all arriving on pastel-coloured vinyl via Heavenly Recordings.

On the first of the new singles, entitled ’Freckles’, gritty guitars buzz and crackle around the track’s beautifully simplistic structure, which is elevated by the steady percussion that masterfully builds the sense of angsty urgency. Pip’s vocal sounds simultaneously distant and intimate - the lo-fi production makes it sound like Pip’s singing down the phone to you. It feels like an ode to the band’s first ever releases, in all their rustling bedroom-demo scruffy glory. 

It’s true what they say, that the simple things often are harder than the complex - Pip Blom has the innate ear to produce tracks that aren’t adorned with unnecessary flourishes that would compromise the sheer strength of this indie songwriting, and ‘Freckles’ is no different. 

Having played storming sets at multiple high-profile festivals over the summer, including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Truck and Y Not, the band are gearing themselves up to head out on a UK/EU tour in autumn, with their biggest ever headline show at London’s Scala. 

The band also have US dates planned for November, to coincide with a Burger Records cassette release of Boat for Casette Store Day.

The full UK/US dates are as follows:

07 – Manchester, Gorilla
08 – Newcastle, The Cluny
09 – Edinburgh, The Caves
11 – Glasgow, Stereo
12 – Leeds, Brudenell
13 – Oxford, The Bullingdon
14 – Bristol, Thekla
16 – London, Scala
17 – Brighton, The Haunt

16 – Mexico City, Corona Festival
18 – San Diego, Soda
19 – Los Angeles, Echo
20 – San Francisco, Café Du Nord
22 – New York, Rough Trade
23 – Philadelphia, Kung Fu Necktie
24 – Washington, Songbyrd

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Photo: Raymond van Mil