Palatial, the music of Bleach Lab has been a revolution. Providing a melancholic spin on dream pop that is deeply refreshing, the works of the Buckinghamshire-based group act as a bridge into the ethereal. Through glistening synths and the assured yet pastel tones of lead singer, Jenna Kyle, the band has brought life into the haze and rather than sending me spiraling back into the comforts of Mazzy Star and co, have left me longing for their next release.
Ahead of their debut EP which arrives on March 19th, we caught up with the group to discuss where they turn to creatively when they let their hair down and their minds wander. These are their Sound & Vision picks:
Three albums we love:
Daughter – If You Leave
We are all fans of Daughter and they have influenced our sound immensely. Jenna takes a huge amount of inspiration from them in both her writing and vocal styles. She admits spending many hours playing songs from this album at open mic nights when she was younger too. Elena Tonra’s lyrics are incredibly immersive and she tells a story so well with her words, so when we are always hugely flattered when we get compared to them.
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene (Deluxe Edition)
This album is quite the journey, every track is so drastically different to the next and it is so profoundly Grimes in every way. Our bassist, Josh, does not shut up about this album, or Grimes in general, so we had to feature it so he doesn’t get upset.
Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
This is an album, Frank (our guitarist), introduced us to and we all fell in love with it. We know one of the things keeping Frank optimistic at the moment is the knowledge that Japanese Breakfast are releasing an album soon. Michelle Zauner’s last record was a huge influence on his songwriting, and he hopes one day to write a song that sounds as good as Diving Woman. He doubts himself, but we don’t.
A book we love:
Charles Bukowksi – Ham on Rye
Leonard Cohen once spoke about Bukowski saying, ‘He brought everyone down to earth, even the angels, and that’s true.’ Bukowski’s writing style is so bleak and raw, there is no hiding from his words. Every sentence is better than his last and builds an agonising sense of dread with every word you read, you never get a happy ending with his books and I think that’s why we like it so much.
A film that we love:
Sofia Coppola – Lost In Translation
The film is beautifully shot and it captures the feeling of being in a new environment and isolated perfectly. The relationship between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson is one of our favourites in any film. So much is left unsaid between them and there’s a beauty and realness to how that develops the relationship. But, above all else, the soundtrack has influenced our music taste and writing in a huge way.
A song that is important to us:
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
A track that means something to us is Where is My Mind? by Pixies. When the band was first forming, Jenna sent in a recording of herself singing it – like an audition tape. It was the first time we had heard her vocals, however, the real reason we loved it so much is the guitarist kept making mistakes and intermittently swearing throughout. Safe to say, she made the cut, but it’s become a bit of a running joke in all our practises now.
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