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Listen: Pencil Share Debut Single ‘The Giant’ via Moshi-Moshi

Sporting members of Swim Deep, Kagoule, Blood Wizard and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in their ranks, newcomers pencil release a baroque-tease of a debut single. ‘The Giant’ is out now via a relaunched Moshi Moshi records’ Singles Club.

Like watching a sketch on white paper bring itself into barely comprehensible, abstract form – a total truth that’s only suggested, not fully revealed – ‘The Giant’ proposes something naked, bare, and extraordinary. Existing only as a raw, untarnished vocal lilting across fretful, squirrelling violin arpeggiations, the track falls nothing short of a brave and exquisite intro to the band’s self-professed ‘dusty’ aesthetics. All in all, it’s a wistful glance into the quintet’s emotionally rich, sepia-toned subtleties – keeping its cards close to its chest, with winning hands yet to be played.

More than satisfied with its post-punk glories, the recent emergence of groups like Tapir!, The New Eves, Mary in the Junkyard, and now pencil, predicts an incoming wave of a sensitive, orchestral and more lyrical breed of songsmithery flourishing from South England’s counter-culture.

Photo by Jonah Braverman

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