British singer songwriter Bella McKendree has announced the news of her debut EP, ‘Waiting’, out via Trellis Records on August 18 2017.
This stunning four-track EP features the forthcoming single, ‘Grieve’, seeing Bella and her band combine the darting piano-driven melody with the singer’s tender, emotional lyrics.
Bella’s vocal capabilities also shine through on the tracks, ‘Don’t You Wanna Be Loved’, ‘Waiting’, and the EP’s closing song, ‘Baby Let’s Fall’. With it’s soft passages of electric guitar, trip-hop-esque drums and spine-tingling vocals, it’s easy to hear the sonic similarities between bands such as London Grammar and The xx, both groups Bella namechecks as being important influences on her music.
Growing up with four siblings in the heart of the British countryside, song-writing has always been an escape for Bella McKendree, helping her to develop an identity away from her brothers and sisters.
Around 11, Bella started writing songs acapella and discovered the piano. “It was a very special time and an intimate experience. From a young age I felt the need to express issues I saw around me. That’s my fire; singing for something bigger than myself, a reason beyond what I see. I guess every artist needs something to draw from – and that’s my well.”
Having recently moved to London, Bella started writing freely with her band last year, who together are inspired by the likes of Half Moon Run, London Grammar and The XX. In late 2017, buoyed by support slots for the likes of Keaton Henson and Martin Luke Brown, she started working with Grammy Award-winning Producer Brett Shaw (Florence & The Machine, Clean Bandit, Daughter) on her upcoming debut EP.
‘Waiting’ is out August 18