Scottish alt-pop band LIIMO announce debut album ‘Volume 01’

Scottish alt-pop band LIIMO announce debut album 'Volume 01'
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Having spent the last two years releasing a flurry of bright and euphoric alt-pop anthems, Edinburgh-based trio Liimo (meaning a little more) now look to compile their vibrant work to date with the release of their debut album ‘Volume 01’, out on August 21st through B-Unique Records.

Featuring their previously unveiled hits ‘Thinking About It’, ‘Pink In Heaven’, ‘Pineapple Radio’, ‘Old School’, ‘If You Love Me’, ‘Get Weird’, ‘All I Do’, and ‘Raincheck’, alongside forthcoming single ‘Miracle’ and an acoustic version of ‘Pink In Heaven’, this initial collection acts as a retrospective look at their output so far and giving their fans a strong reminder of their broad and diverse direction so far.

Opening with the pulsing new single ‘Miracle’, this new release showcases more of that intensely joyous aesthetic the band are known for. Filled with soaring production and their own carefree approach to songwriting, this new offering creates a triumphant introduction to the first phase of their career.

Speaking about ‘Miracle’, the band said, “Miracle is a song about a summer breakup, where you thought everything was heading in the right direction until it all came crashing down with no warning.”

Since first introducing themselves with their debut single ‘Pineapple Radio’ back in 2018, Liimo have always been consistent in their pursuit of bold and shimmering alt-pop anthems. Releases ‘All I Do’ and ‘Thinking About It’, which cemented Liimo’s talent for writing killer pop music, saw them gather incredible pick up from media tastemakers such as The Line Of Best Fit, The Scotsman ‘Under The Radar’, Earmilk, Euphoria Magazine and Record of the Day to name a few, as well as support from major DPSs. With earlier cuts ‘ Old School ’, ‘ If You Love Me ’, ‘Pink In Heaven ‘, ‘Get Weird’ featuring LA artist Lizzy Land landing support on The 405, CLASH, EARMILK, 1883 Magazine, Euphoria Magazine, and When The Horn Blows to name a few. Last year, they covered Usher’s ‘U Remind Me’ for Mahogany’s COVERS sessions.

Adding about their new collection, Liimo says, “ ‘Volume 01’ is Liimo’s first collection of tracks written over the past couple of years. It felt right wrapping up what we’d done so far into the first little chapter of Liimo.”

Having toured with LA alt-rock band The Mowglis earlier this year, Liimo were due to head out on a headline UK tour this spring, including a date at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters. However, owing to the current global pandemic regarding COVID-19, the dates have been postponed to Autumn 2020.

With over 4.5 million across all platforms, Spotify support on New Music Friday (UK and Japan), Your Office Stereo, Discover Weekly, Chilled Pop Hits, All New All Now, New Pop Revolution, Apple playlisting on Today At Apple, In My Room, Mellow Days, New Music Daily and a Best New Pop play by BBC Radio 1’s Adele Roberts, Liimo’s status as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands has only solidified.

Listen to ‘Pink In Heaven’ acoustic – BELOW:

The pop trio’s music revels in these complex times, as they provide aspirational anthems that’ll implore you to reconnect with the world around us a little better. With each song, Liimo have created an intoxicating sound where sweet melodies rub shoulders with idyllic, dreamy lyrics.

It all starts with the name, says lead singer Kieran. “Liimo is an abbreviation of ‘little more’. The thread between our lyrics is that we aspire for a touch more of everything; a little bit more time, a little bit more money, a little more indulgence, a little more love. Sometimes these things aren’t the answer, but we’d sure like to try it out ourselves.” They dream of a better world and are now doing their best to will it into existence.

The band know each other from their native Edinburgh, with Kieran, CJ and Jamo all meeting as teenagers. They bounced about in different projects and got to know each other via the creative scene, but it was only when they started working together as Liimo a couple of years after moving down to London that things clicked. “There’s an authenticity writing together because there’s a collective pool of memories to pick up on and pull influence from,” Kieran says. “Our lyrics are about real life, being broke, love in a big city with the romanticism of warm nights far away.”

Liimo’s music isn’t preachy, nor does it pretend everything is rosy and well, but it does what few acts have managed to do in the modern age; to create a dialogue for listeners to identify their lives with.

The group bonded over their mutual love of thoroughly modern pop stars. US R&B act Khalid, pop sensations Lany and Drake’s sultry protégé Majid Jordan remain touching points for where the group are headed musically, but the band’s meticulous nature and chasing of identity runs deeper than their songs. “There needs to be a whole vibe and belief in what you’re doing but that spans more than music, it’s about the aesthetic, how you act, what you say, everything.” Have a browse at the band’s pastel-plastered social media channels and you’ll instantly get an idea of the vision that they’re chasing.

Why wouldn’t you want a little bit more? Liimo thinks you deserve it.

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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