Who? Three-piece Shadowlark hail from Leeds, and have a self proclaimed fascination for 80s synths. As with Leeds actual-80s synth legends Soft Cell, Shadowlark use the instrument to both build tracks and keep them grounded, with melancholic lyrics (by vocalist Ellen Smith) of loss providing the narrative to Chris Quick’s keys and programming, while James Warrender keeps the beat steady from behind his kit. We’re not shy of female vocalist + two male instrumentalists sharing this similar genre at the moment, however Shadowlark joined The XX and London Grammar on this year’s Glastonbury bill, giving a well received set in the BBC Introducing tent.
What to say: “You cannot beat a big beat in a gentle, honest song. Imagine if a White Stripes ballad did the deed with a SOHN number…”
The maths: (Birdy + Fleetwood Mac) / London Grammar
The releases: Two tracks on Spotify and Apple Music to date – Control and Do Your Worst, both the sort of shimmering slices of gloomy indie-synth pop you’d expect if you’ve read the above properly!
See them live: Nothing in the diaries just yet, so give those socials a like / photo / stalk.