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Pembroke – Thump [Review]

Pembroke – Thump [Review]

‘Thump’, a catchy new track from Pembroke’s brand-new debut album ‘At Sea’ destroys what it means to be upbeat.

Pembroke is two friends, Ellen Quinn Banville and Finola Cahill. Having met on a rainy Dublin evening in a friend’s dirty apartment, later they rekindled their friendship in Paris, France and went on to start Pembroke in early 2015. Ever since then they’ve been doing the rounds on the gig scenes in Paris and Dublin, most recently with a sold out gig at The Workmans Club, Dublin, and The Pop In, Paris, multiple Sofar sounds in Paris and London, and two guest slots at the elusive Ruby sessions, Dublin, which has previously welcomed artists such as Hozier, Ed Sheeren, and James Vincent McMorrow.

‘Thump’ is a upbeat release from the duo filled to the brim with New Orleans inspired horns, memorable hooks, and image-rich lyrics will leave you humming the track for days on end. Refreshing and free ‘Thump’ pounds up and down with clear influences from a variety of jazz scenes and 1950s American culture with a cheeky modern twist.

They released their debut self-produced album, ‘At Sea’ last month with it being mixed, as a personal passion project, by Steven Forward, who has previously made albums for Paul McCartney and Ray Charles. It hosts a diverse roster of well-known folk and jazz guest musicians from the Paris scene.


Review by Charlie Hall

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