Little Guilt’s debut EP ‘I Do Everything Around The House’ is undeniably a triumph. They distil and bottle the expansiveness of the mundane to create a comforting and reassuring presence through fuzzed out guitars, airy vocals and shimmering percussion.
Their sound is awash with the familiarity of suburbia – creating a foundation of observational lyricism that zooms in on the vignettes of the everyday. They remind us of the tenderness of existence and make us feel inextricably bound to the human experience through gentle and carefree music.
Traversing experiences of joy, insecurity, and procrastination, the band use their harmonious vocal tones and instrumentation to form a thick consistent dusting across the tracks, meticulously bonding the various vignettes of a confusing modern life into one cohesive body of work that is piercingly relatable.
The name of the EP ‘I Do Everything Around The House’ is a clear example of the themes of the EP. Pulled from the common domestic squabble of housework, the phrase was taken directly from one between lead vocalist Ella and her boyfriend captured on a demo recording for Nowhere.
“At the time we didn’t have much meaning to the title… Now when we hear it, it represents sticking up for yourself and “knowing your self worth”. Confidence is something we lack from time to time, so the name of this EP is a reflection on how we felt over these past few months while recording it and it holds a lot of meaning to us.” – Little Guilt
Creating music that is empathetic to its core, Little Guilt follow in the footsteps of front runners Middle Kids, Stella Donnelly, and Angus & Julia Stone who also toe the line between indie-dream-pop and gentle rock with captivating voices and a keen eye for emotionally piercing lyrics. Recorded at Soak Sounds in North Dandalup, the track was mixed by up-and-coming producer Dylan Keirnan and mastered by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire, Half Moon Run).
The EP features 4 previously unheard tracks, the first of which, Tasty Lies features a surprise guest vocal from keyboard-turned-vocalist Lachlan “Mop” Thompson. Born from necessity after lead vocalist Ella had COVID, the surprising result has changed the trajectory of the band.
“This EP is super special to us, as we’ve tried going down a slightly different path with our music by chucking Mop in the deep end to sing. When Ella had covid he rescued the day for guide vocals and stole the whole song because of how great it sounded! We are all huge Angus and Julia Stone fans and we intend to use Mop’s vocals more from now on.” – Little Guilt
Oh Well, a gentle interlude, evokes the viscosity of a dream-like state. It’s equal parts comforting and nostalgic, reminiscent of the memory of an amusement park from your childhood. This then bleeds into Girls Can Be Mean which sees Ella more soulful and introspective than ever before. A stripped back guitar, gentle keys and late-night-jazz bar drums spotlights Ella as she laments the common experience of insecurity and loneliness. To close out the EP, On My Mind (all the time) – combines the vocals of Ella and Mop, in a very Angus & Julia Stone turn, the result is nothing short of special.
Perfectly crafted to be a shoulder to lean on when overwhelmed by the constant pressures of modern life, Little Guilt provides the perfect soundtrack to a modern world, filled with relatable worries and shared joys.
Accompanying this release is a double launch show. “For the EP we are having a huge double launch! The first one is at The Aardvark in Fremantle on the 17th of September, which is sadly shutting down a month after the launch. The Aardvark holds a special place in our hearts as we had our first launch for our first single “Old” there. We are super grateful for the opportunity to play there again before it permanently closes. The second venue is at The Sewing Room in Northbridge on the 14th of October. We’re hoping to add a few more shows later on in the year.”
– Little Guilt
EP LAUNCH SHOWS
Saturday September 17th | The Aardvark, Fremantle – Tickets
w/ Sago, Ken Paolo, Space Cadets & King Ibis
Friday October 14th | The Sewing Room, Perth – Tickets
w/ Bush Telly & more
‘I DO EVERYTHING AROUND THE HOUSE’ EP is out now – STREAM HERE
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With thanks to Beehive PR