Listen: Bristol’s Pem Shares New Single ‘grips’ via Fascination Street Records

After support slots with The Last Dinner Party and basking in the afterglow of success with her latest track ‘awe’, Bristol-based songwriter Pem (Emily Perry) announces the release of her upcoming second EP, ‘cloud work’. The announcement arrives with the tender glow of her newest single, ‘grips’.

In ‘grips’, Perry clasps onto the ephemeral essence of a love’s daydream. Nursing in its beauty and warmth, it offers her an escape from the very real world that lies just outside, even if only for a fleeting moment. Her vibrato vocals quiver and wobble under the weight of her words, akin to that of Adrianne Lenker and echoing parallels to the raw vulnerability of Angel Olsen’s confessional style. Despite its seemingly stripped-back nature, ‘grips’ is loaded with rich textures, as floating guitar lines mix with the cloud-like softness of airy chords and a delicate rhythm section. Above it all, starry keys twinkle in the dusk, smiling down, carrying a wistful hue of memories held dear.

Much like the EP in its entirety, ‘grips’ serves as an exploration of grief and finding personal forms of healing. Perry reflects that “the process of creating ‘cloud work’ enabled me to find beauty, meaning, and comfort in a very difficult time.” Now embraced by the nurturing arms of Bristol label Fascination Street, Pem pours everything into her ethereal alt-pop lullabies.

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