Track: Sunflower Thieves -‘Don’t Mind The Weather’: a soothing, electronic folk paean to your safe space

Sunflower Thieves, photographed by Annie Ashley

AMY ILLINGWORTH and Lily Stury-Bolshaw, the Leeds-based musicians who fashion fine music together as Sunflower Thieves, have shared their new single “Don’t Mind The Weather”, ahead of its release as part of the Come Play With Me 7” singles club later this month; before you toddle off and invest in the physical, which you absolutely should, check it out below.

Influenced – and who wouldn’t be? by female artists such as Phoebe Bridgers and Fenne Lily, the two bring their own ethereal shadows to their tunesmithery. And for me, there’s also just a smidgen of the folktronica wave of the turn of the century: of Tunng and the like, in that subtle electronic garlanding.

Breathy vocals calmly request a place of safety; synths weave below those double-tracked vocals, which rise and fall like waves.

“Don’t Mind The Weather” will be released on a split 7” with fellow Leeds artist LENU on March 19th as part of Come Play With Me’s singles series – this will be CPWM19.

The song germinated last year in the comfort of Lily’s home studio. Originally a simple acoustic composition, the track blossomed once its leaves unfurled in the light of Lily’s production. 

The band say: “’Don’t Mind The Weather’ translates as “Don’t worry, this is where you’re grounded and safe” – wanting to make the most of that feeling and stay inside.

“The picture painted is that no matter how the seasons and the weather change, the gravitational pull of the moon and/or the person you feel safe with, will keep you grounded and safe.

“We based it on the moon’s relationship with tides, and the idea that it’s easy to get swept away in everything that’s going on, but there’s beauty in that, and the relationship with this person overcomes it all anyway.”

You can pre-order The Sunflower Thieves and LENU split 7″ now from Come Play With Me, here.

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