GO OUTSIDE FOREVER
After a steady stream of teaser singles towards the end of 2021, Leicestershire duo Vona Vella (Izzy Davis and Dan Cunningham) unveil their hotly anticipated debut EP Go Outside Forever, along with the official video for the title track – out via Peter Doherty’s label Strap Originals.
A sensation of six indie gems, Go Outside Forever encapsulates Vona Vella’s stunning artistry for sunny soundscapes with poetic lyricism. With a versatile expertise for DIY musicianship, all of the tracks were co-written by the duo: Dan playing the guitar and piano with Izzy on guitar and flute and also joined by Mark Neary on bass (Noel Gallagher/U2/Adele/UNKLE) and Jay Bone on drums (Carl Barat & The Jackals/Trampolene).
A soft-jazz offering title track ‘Go Outside Forever’ explores the toxicities of modern ‘hustle culture’ – “It speaks about how not everyone needs to be out their comfort zone to be content. Many people are happy to stay comfortable, and not be constantly working to perfection, and that’s okay.” Accompanied by an artistic visual, we see Izzy and Dan’s emotive performance.
Driving to LA’ is a bright and dreamy tune accompanied with a stylish ‘60s-themed visual directed by the iconic Roger Sargent (Oasis, Kings of Leon, U2).
In contrast, ‘Threading Needles’ brings a softer sound to the record – with a simple guitar-led melody which gives spotlight to Izzy’s heavenly vocal performance. An emotive ballad, ‘Threading Needles’ explores the “feeling as if you’re treading on egg shells around someone who is going through a hard time. Tending to their unpredictable behaviour, trying to tip toe around a sensitive conversation that needs to happen.”
Continuing to display their versatility, ‘Sun’ erupts with a high-energy bassline coupled with harmonised vocals from the duo making for an upbeat number. (This is a brand-new recording of ‘Sun’ – different to Morcheeba’s remix released last year that has already racked up over 800K streams.)
With stripped back bare piano production to mirror the emotionally raw lyrics, second single ‘Rainy Days’ marks the moment of realisation that you’ve done all you can to help someone, and the only way they can get through their struggles is if they solve them on their own. The accompanying video showcases the musical chemistry between Izzy and Dan as they candidly play the song.
Speaking on the EP recording process, the duo said
“The whole EP was recorded at Albion Rooms with sound engineer Jason Stafford and producer Mike Moore. Both Mike and Jason are really fantastic at their jobs and a pleasure to work with, the EP wouldn’t be what it is without them.”
Opening 2022 with a milestone moment, Vona Vella are joining The Libertines for four upcoming rescheduled dates of their Giddy Up a Ding Dong Tour at O2 Academy Leicester on February 18th, Nottingham’s Rock City on February 21st, and London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on February 25th and 26th. The duo have also just announced that they will be joining Morcheeba to support a run of six dates in France for their upcoming European tour this March.
Go Outside Forever marks the start of what will undoubtedly be a busy year for Vona Vella. Make sure you keep up to date with their socials below for all the latest on the band.
Go Outside Forever Tracklist:
- Driving to L.A. (watch the video here)
- Threading Needles
- Rainy Days (watch the video here)
- Go Outside Forever (watch the video here)
- Fool In Love
Upcoming Tour Dates:
17th February – The Albion Rooms, Margate
The Libertines’ ‘Giddy Up A Ding Dong Tour’ (Support Slot)
18th February – O2 Academy, Leicester
21st February – Rock City, Nottingham
25th and 26th February – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
Morcheeba’s French Tour (Support Slot)
2nd March – L’Olympia, Paris
4th March – La Bam, Metz
5th March – La Laiterie, Strasbourg
6th March – La Vapeur, Dijon
7th March – Radiant-Bellevue, Lyon
8th March – Rockstore, Montpellier
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Words by THE SONGBIRD HQ