Indie pop / math rock outfit Bilbosa has released their ‘Ayla’ EP, a four-track offering loaded with groove and melody, via Italy’s powerhouse indie label Seahorse Recordings.
Hailing from Genoa in northern Italy, Bilbosa are David Carroll (guitar), Stefano Pulcini (guitar and synth), Daniele Ferrari (bass and synth) and Gabriele Gennaro (drums). Formed in 2016 after their former band Chaos Del Signor Gaza split, the remaining four musicians continues making music, ultimately locking themselves in the studio to record their first album ‘Diamond Dust’, released in December 2020.
Previewed by the vibrant lead single ‘Neon’ featuring Scotland-based Irish singer-songwriter Lori Sky, this wonderfully rhythmic and mesmerizing sees her vocals weave in and out of one’s heart zone. Writing these lyrics helped her work through the grief of losing her mother to the next world.
“I saw the ‘Neon’ music as a bright light, like the love that a close relationship brings into your life. So I ended up writing this song to celebrate my Mum, who I had just lost. The music helped me to express what I was learning about grief, that when you allow yourself to feel the pain of loss you are more able to appreciate and understand the love,” says Lori Sky.
Formerly known as Lorraine McCauley, the Donegal native offers a powerful new voice on the arts scene, making music for the soul and senses. Performing since she was four, she formed her first band while living in Japan. After her 2010 debut solo EP ‘Haunt Me’, she formed Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands and released the `Light in the Darkest Corners’ LP in 2012, tipped as the next Scottish contemporary folk breakthrough. In 2014, she began an artist residency with La Banda di Piazza Caricamento in Genoa, where she collaborated with Bilbosa’s David Carroll, sowing the seeds for this new single.
The accompanying short film was produced by Plurale Video. Written and directed by Stefano Pulcini, it was co-directed by Simone Putzu and stars actors Karin Maltempo and Andrea Bagossi. Exploring the strange times we are living in and the desire to be with the ones we love, the need to isolate has left us living in our imagination – trying to make those connections with the people we love in our mind or in our hearts rather than in person.
“We are all longing for those close relationships and appreciating loved-ones more than ever before. The video is our interpretation of that precise moment in which you realize the importance of those emotions that you used to feel with those people who are now gone,” says David Carroll.
“Covid forced us to become more creative in how we collaborate with others. As a band, we wrote the music and then sent it to Lori Sky, an Irish singer-songwriter. Lori listened to the track and wrote lyrics to the song, which are very personal to her and yet, there are very universal themes here about love, loss and grief.”
As of June 18, the ‘Ayla’ EP EP is available across online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
Written by Bilbosa and Lorraine McCauley (Lori Sky)
Lyrics and vocals by Lorraine McCauley (Lori Sky)
Music performed by Bilbosa
Produced, recorded and mixed by Tristan Martinelli
Mastered by Mattia Cominotto at Greenfog Studio (Genoa, Italy)
Cover artwork by Stefano Pulcini with Jellyfish sculpture by Gabriele Gennaro
Video produced by Plurale Video, written and directed by Stefano Pulcini
Co-director and D.O.P. Simone Putzu, Camera-car operator Edoardo Rossi
Starring Karin Maltempo and Andrea Bagossi
“Each track is catchy and invites you into their world of groovy animated wonderment… perfect symmetry… suits Lori Sky’s voice in what can only be described as a sonic masterpiece, recalling the best work from The Cranberries, Florence and The Machine, and Amy Macdonald” ~ The Spill Magazine
“Impeccable in every way – delivery, composition, emotion, depth and production… a creation of international forces between this Celtic daughter and these Italian sound maestros… It’s quite a pleasure to hear the voice of Lori Sky fill the cavernous hole that was left behind with Delores O’Riordan’s passing” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“Whopper… this is huge and it’s remarkable” ~ Ampify Music Magazine
“Gorgeous music, poignant sentiment…a very potent combination… music that is gorgeous to behold” ~ Dancing About Architecture
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