London-based Antipodean vocalist/musician/soundscaper (and one half of The Golden Filter) Penelope Trappes landed on Houndstooth last month with her second album, simply titled Penelope Two. It's the follow-up to her debut LP which came out last year on Optimo Music. Built around field recordings, guitars, synth drones, piano and tons of reverb, the album is dedicated to "two dear friends, who lost very close loved ones" in 2017, and this sense of recovery tinged with pain reverberates throughout.
Ahead of her show tomorrow at Hackney's newly opened EartH (supporting Leon Vynehall), Trappes has shared this amazing Influences playlist with us. There's a number of recurring themes cropping up throughout her selections - rawness, intensity, the transformative power of sound - that she also channels into the new album in her own singular way. From Nina Simone to The Birthday Party, get stuck in below.
Penelope Two is out now via Houndstooth, order it here.
Lead image: Agnes Haus
The Birthday Party - Fears Of Gun [Live]
Growing up in Australia, Nick Cave was an artist who inspired me with his creative freedom and rawness. There weren’t too many role models in Australia back then that made me feel like I could break out of my tiny country town, which I dreamed of. His manic nature and ability to let go encouraged me to do the same. I also loved that he worked in film and literature too. It felt like there was no end to his creative scope and it still feels like that now with his live shows and films being as prolific as ever. He is still a massive role model for me. As an artist, I want to be like Nick Cave when I grow up :)