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Watercolours: ‘How Do You Feel?’

SEEN cannot recommend Watercolours too highly to you. Mixing psychedelia with ambient indie rock and trip hop bass lines, they are a three-piece outfit from Cheltenham with a playful genre-crossing sound that continues to delight with every new release. On their latest single ‘How Do You Feel?’, the listener is enveloped in a world of tropical atmospherics and space age sonics, where clipped beats collide with glistening pin-point guitars designed to prickle the hairs on your neck. It certainly worked for SEEN… resolutely lush and uplifting, have a listen here.

Watercolours may have only been together less than a year, but already their iridescent forward-thinking indie pop has begun to appear on many a radar. With BBC Introducing session invites, praise flurrying across the blogosphere, plus a sit-down songwriting session with the singular Blur/Gorillaz talent Damon Albarn.

Having met at University as friends long before Watercolours was ever conceived as an idea, the group have a natural and solid sense of identity between them. Focused and determined to reach ever new heights with their boundary pushing sounds, the trio have spent the last year rehearsing and writing material, planning their next move.

Drawing influence from bands such as Foals, Beach House, Real Estate and Wild Beasts, the group pride themselves in their ability to create a big sound both live and on the record with new single ‘How Do You Feel?’ a testament to just that.

Already making a name for themselves on the live circuit, the band have also stacked up numerous headline gigs across Bristol, London, Cheltenham and beyond, plus crowd-winning festivals shows at Underground Festival, 2000 trees and Wychwood festival.

You can catch the band at shows in April:
14th April – The Finsbury, London (Headline, single launch)
17th April – Colston Hall, Bristol (Supporting Marillion)
20th April – The Watering Hole, Perranporth, Cornwall

Watercolours are: Matt Sharlot (Bass, left) / Conal Kelly (Guitar/Vocals, centre) / Hamish Woolley (Keys, right)


“Brooding vocals layered up over guitars laced with delay and reverb… this is a real treat for your ears”It’s All Indie

“The vocals are incredibly smooth and soothing, this sound also brings me to a Tame Impala mindset, very mellow and peaceful. After spending a full year in the studio creating new content they are now touring the UK and promoting debut single Feel Tomorrow.”NU Magazine

“Smooth cruising vocals and shimmering synths create a laid back dreamy vibe of bubbliness… A strong debut from Watercolours as they display a tight well rooted sound and fine musicianship” Indie Buddie

“Intelligent, well composed, beautifully layered and balancing something vaguely melancholy with something still uplifting”Alternative Tracks

“The lyrics are honest and the hook is catchy… Watercolours impressed crowds at Wychwood festival recently with a debut ‘stripped back’ live set… watch this space”BritznBeatz

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