Lucky Iris – ‘Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home’ | EP Review


Lets stay at home at listen to the EP perfectly titled by Lucky Iris

Rating: 4 out of 5.

We’re only five months in and 2020 has been a rollercoaster and a half already, hasn’t it? We’ve not been outside since the end of March and, quite frankly, everybody’s going insane. Luckily, though, musicians are here to save the day; keeping our spirits high with live streams, and are still releasing their bits and bobs to keep us entertained. One of these artists being Lucky Iris, a Leeds-based alt-pop duo made up of vocalist Maeve Florsheim and instrumentalist Jasper Exley. 

The pair were once a part of new-wave trio Everyday People, but new years call for new chapters, and this particular change has been received with open arms. No time has been wasted since the reveal, as on the 25th April Lucky Iris released their debut EP, Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home. Although an apt title for the circumstances we’re in, it was brought about last summer when the pair began working underground on this new project. To be honest, I think they’ve done pretty well to keep it a secret!

Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home is a 4-track concept EP, based on a night out gone wrong, where the protagonists regret ever having gone out in the first place. Taking on a completely different sound to that of their old music, this EP is the epitome of the phrase “less is more.” It is simple, it is minimal, but this works to help maximise the listening experience, and embodies the lo-fi, electro-acoustic sound the two are trying to create. Just sit back, close your eyes, and immerse yourself in the moment. Smooth jazzy vocals, alongside effortlessly good instrumentals, soothe our ears, and I think a bit of soothing is what we all need right now.

Usually I’d spend ten minutes encouraging you all to go and see the people I write about live, but… lockdown happened. What I can do, though, is tell you to keep these guys on your radar! Give the EP a cheeky listen, hit up their socials and, when we’re (eventually) allowed to leave the house you can go see them at a show. Sorted. Although we’re all moping about, complaining we’re bored, this isolation is a perfect time for avid music listeners to discover some new talent – especially stuff that’s local.

The protagonist’s night might have gone downhill, but I bet they’re glad they didn’t stay home, now we’re all stuck inside.

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