Today XS Noize is pleased to premiere ‘Too Tight’ by Penniless Cove. Named after a harbour road that leads to the sea, Welsh songwriter based in London Penniless Cove is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist that writes raw, affecting music drawing from a number of different genres.
Her unique brand of songwriting has led to tours across the UK and Europe in recent years including performances at Latitude Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. She’s also performed alongside Imogen Heap in London and was invited to perform on Radio 4’s influential ‘Loose Ends’ earlier this year.
A music obsessive from a young age, Penniless Cove studied classical piano growing up in rural Pembrokeshire, before also picking up French horn, guitar and jazz vocals. She performed with a number of orchestras and bands while continuing to write with her sister (who she still writes with to this day). She was a regular on the live circuit in Wales before moving to London to study music and develop her sound further.
Fast-forward to today and she’s and she’s finalising her second full album. Her previous releases ‘Out on a Roof’ (2012) and ‘Tipped like Titanic’ (2016) were supported by the likes of 6Music, Folk & Honey and Radio 4. She’s now debuting her new project with the powerful single ‘Too Tight’. Drawing on influences of Jazz, Blues and Folk – it’s a dark and affecting track that’s deliberately perplexing and rich with metaphor. Hinting at some of the themes and styles we can expect from the rest of the album, there’s a weird and wonderful musical palette that shines through the entire piece.
Listen to ‘Too Tight’ – BELOW: