London based four-piece Mt. Wolf have announced the release of their stunning new single 'Midnight Shallows' through Third Rock Recordings. The track will be available to buy from 11 September, with the single bundle released on 4 November. The beautifully haunting 'Midnight Shallows' showcases Mt. Wolf's unique sound, seamlessly mixing cinematic electronic soundscapes, heart-wrenching vocals with more traditional instruments. It is a deeply personal track, inspired by lead vocalist Kate Sproules's coming of age and the existential crisis that can come attached. "The song is really about destruction and the world being turned upside down," explains Kate, "it's about realising for the first time others' and your own mortality and the personal crisis that comes with that." The single is backed by b-side 'Swarm', a compellingly ethereal track about dealing with a toxic relationship.
Despite only forming in 2012, Mt. Wolf have achieved a staggering amount in just one year. They have become one of the most blogged about artists of the past 12 months, seeing them reach the top of the HypeMachine charts and sold out numerous headline shows. Their beginning as a band came very organically. Kate first met guitarist Stevie McMinn at an open mic night in their hometown of Guernsey while they were both still at school. When Stevie moved to London to study Music Production/Composition at Point Blank Music College in 2010, he met producer, guitarist and future bandmate Sebastian 'Bassi' Fox. The two began writing folk / electronica together, and knowing Kate had an incredible talent and was classically trained, Stevie had the idea to bring her on board. Despite Kate landing a job at a political think tank in Berlin during that time, what they were creating together was enough for her to be persuaded to stay in London to pursue the band.
After spending 3-4 months virtually living together, and honing their sound, they felt they were ready to play live and recruited their friendAlex Mitchell as drummer. Officially forming in early 2012, Mt. Wolf released their debut EP 'Life Size Ghosts' in October 2012. With critical acclaim far beyond what the band were expecting for their first ever release, they were able to do what most new bands dream of and quickly sold out shows at London's Corsica Studios (October 2012) and XOYO (February 2013), as well as being selected as one of Clash Magazine's 'Ones To Watch' for 2013. With their second EP 'Hypolight' released in April 2013 things got even better, seeing them playKOKO and then sell-out Islington's prestigious Union Chapel in June 2013, a remarkable feat for an unsigned band.
To mark the release of 'Midnight Shallows', Mt. Wolf are incredibly excited to announce their next UK headline tour in November, which will culminate in a headline show at London's prestigious Heaven on 12 November.
6 November Sheffield, Bungalows and Bears
7 November Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
8 November Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
11 November Brighton, The Haunt
12 November London, Heaven
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
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