There's an argument to be made for taking your time to make something if you want it to be worthwhile, and you'd be hard pressed to make an argument more compelling than Illyin Pipes.
The four-piece, after years of nursing their own musical talents and projects, formed in early 2013 under the banner of Jill Harris whilst working towards a degree in Jazz together. Harris is a natural story teller, as evidenced in the band's first single 'Grasshopper' (an open letter to a grasshopper and a blade of clover) that wasn't released until nearly a year together.
Harris has spent many a year penning folk songs, but has since expanded her writing style for this project, drawing influence from electronic and ambient music in the vein of Little Dragon, Animal Collective and maybe surprisingly Aphex Twin.
''Cold Season' is a graceful, gorgeous goodbye song' - Paperblog
The band's latest single 'Cold Season' is a lusciously layered piece of down-tempo indie pop that bewitches you from the first note. With Jill Harris' entrancing siren-like vocals being backed up by wholly enveloping instrumentation (courtesy of Thom Varey on drums, Chris Pruden on keys & Mark Rynkun on bass) you'll be left awe-struck and under their spell.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.