Formed in the halls of their local college, Shadowlark have segued into the public consciousness seamlessly over the past year, combining the ethereal and visceral with unnerving aplomb. Born from a fascination with 80s synths, the trio’s introspective pop has already attracted attention from the likes of BBC Introducing and Live At Leeds and the festival circuit hasn’t been subdued either; a shift from late-night bedroom project to a stage at Glastonbury is no mean feat.
The trio’s front-woman, Ellen Smith, is the charismatic counterpoint, bleeding her personal experiences into raw and emotive compositions. A powerhouse who operates in the same vein as Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan or London Grammar’s Hannah Reid, Smith spins webs of wispy tales with keyboardist Chris Quick and drummer James Warrender fleshing out the lush landscape.
The band’s debut single, ‘Control’, was released in 2017 via Vital Music Group and was self-produced by the group, laying the foundations for the DIY development of their sound. It was mixed by the acclaimed Dan Austin (Massive Attack, Doves, Biffy Clyro) whose impact has been indelible on the band’s further releases, producing See Each Other Right and now their latest single, Hunger, a dizzyingly, beautiful ode to a former relationship, is having its much-deserved time in the spotlight, too. Shadowlark’s journey is only just beginning.