Blue House are the kind of band that you can tell have talent. But the most important thing you can tell is that you need to have a summer drink in your hand whilst listening to them…
- 4 oz. Vodka
- 4 oz. Lemon juice
- 8 oz. Club soda
- A dash of elderflower
Combine in highball glass with ice and serve.
‘A gorgeous debut’ Line of Best Fit
‘The understated delivery enhances the power of the songwriting’ Clash
‘I Found My Limit’ – https://soundcloud.com/whippedcreamrecords/blue-house-i-found-my-limit
Subtle, elliptical and ambiguous, ‘Suppose’ is the debut full-length from London based duo Blue House. Released on August 27th via Arp Cleveland (Archie Bronson Outfit) and Kristian Robinson’s (Capitol K) Whipped Cream Records (Loose Meat, Super Best Friends Club, Bas Jan,) the album presents us with a world of haunted pop — songs about people just departed, places just left, and events just witnessed. It is a world in which an under-the-surface quotidian terror might make strange all sorts of objects: PlayStation games, postcards, grasshoppers and euphoniums all find their way on to the record.
Comprised of James Howard and Ursula Russell, formerly of groups Fiction and Drop Out Venus, Blue House is a more refined affair than either of the duo’s past projects. The band in earnest probably began with a drunken duet of Patsy Cline’s ‘Walking In The Moonlight’, sang on top of a rickety table at a house party in 2015. Something of that country sensibility remains in songs like ‘Ear To The Door’, that finds Ursula and James harmonising a song about domesticity and wandering, a theme that resurfaces throughout the record (‘John the Unready / had a little baby girl last night / now he’s halfway across the countryside / saying something’s calling me.’)
’Suppose’ is rarely an obvious beast, the fragile balance of atmospherics and presence lending the record an understated and entrancing numinous-ness throughout. Leaving no stone unturned, the duo wilfully explores the intricacies of pop, with an emphasis on deft poetics and quality song writing. Whilst debut single ‘Hot Air Balloons’ brims with jangling 90’s chords, its follow up ’Simple Song’ is a delicate affair — a 70’s folk-revival lullaby, radiating with simplistic charm. The newly founded Whipped Cream’s philosophy of unifying an emerging generation of English musicians with the means to remain independently-minded makes their label a fitting home for ‘Suppose’.
The artwork continues the band’s collaboration with London based artist Phillip Reeves.
Blue House play the following dates:
Blissfields Festival, Winchester – 1st July
Dalston Victoria, London –13th July
Servant Jazz Quarters, London – 21st July
End of the Road Festival, Wiltshire – 4th September