Back in July I witnessed an incredible artist who captivated me straight away. I was left speechless by the set she performed on the keyboard. Where I saw her was at Sydenham Arts Festival at The Golden Lion opening up for Charlene Soraia. The artist in question being Phoebe Osborne who is ¼ of the newly expanded Penniless Cove.
Originally a piano/cello duo, Penniless Cove have expanded into a four piece hailing from opposite ends of the UK and settling in South East London. Penniless Cove perform emotive and quirky songs that tell of every day trials, details that are often forgotten. The combination of piano, double bass, cojon and voices in harmony create an expansive yet intricate soundscape, where playful melodies are counteracted by melancholic lyrics. Penniless Cove play across the UK in tiny cellars, cinemas, garden parties and lively stages.
The brand new Out On A Roof is a follow up to début release Trials, Tubes and Tribulations (released last year). This was the first time I have heard music by this talented band. Now this EP was rather impressive and it was quirky acoustic folk which sounded perfect. The main vocalist is Phoebe and her vocals are impeccable which makes each track flawless. It is hard to pick out one track because I adore each one and I look forward to the day I have the chance to see them being performed live. I really liked the use of different instruments (An Accordian featured during String To Your Bow, Strings featured throughout Tinbox and Blow The Man Down).
Out On A Roof is one stunning EP and the thought of seeing them live excites me. There is not a single bad track and if quirky acoustic folk your thing then this EP is for you. Even though this has not been released if you go to the official page (link below) you will be able to hear older material by Penniless
String To Your Bow
Out On A Roof
Blow The Man Down
Whilst the EP is not out yet here is a video of the title track and this being Out On A Roof:
To find out more about the band go to: