Unveiling plans for their debut EP, As We Leave announce details for Everything To A Point out November 13, along with their wistful new single, ‘Hope That Kills’ – out today via Abbey Records.
Gambling with the hand life deals us, As We Leave’s new single, ‘Hope That Kills’ reassures it’s okay to lose every once in a while. Offsetting the lows of missed opportunity, gently strummed strings make peace with failure and brush away abandoned pipedreams through rich sentiments of melancholy.
“This is a reflection on hope, disillusion and the contradictions and beauty of nostalgia,” says frontman Caine Entwistle. “When expectation and promises aren’t met, pouring your faith into something can lead to inevitable disappointment.”
Consisting of five tracks, the band’s debut EP Everything To A Point is grounded by intimate sounds of a rich DIY aesthetic – “Musically, the ‘less is more’ approach is a usual theme but that isn’t a constraint or a rule, just a natural, guiding principle” says Caine. Like sepia snapshots frozen in time, the track listing is a coming of age journey, all from the perspective of beauty, experience and friendship. Celestial escapism distorts reality on ‘Dreamland’ whilst ‘Body Clock’ is a bleary-eyed gaze, searching for where our minds wander at night. Riding delicate, minimalist guitar solos, ‘Counterpoint’ laments instances of betrayal by loved ones. With drowsy melodies and warm lo-fi textures, ‘Stories We Tell’ makes sense of passing time and sees the band eulogise some of the happiest days of their lives.
“Naturally we want people to like it,” says the band. “Maybe even relate to it, but ultimately what people take from it is their choice… it’s our job to keep making it and hope it strikes a chord.
As We Leave are lifelong friends, all situated on the picturesque bay of Sandown on the Isle of Wight. Their music is awash with rural island heritage and wide-angled frames of rose-tinted nostalgia. Layers of sun-kissed Americana dazzle the edges of British vulnerability, with shared memories of school days and travelling the world all wound into the band’s rich and cohesive framework.
As We Leave’s Everything To A Point EP is out November 13th.