Eugene Quell shares "London Pollen," plays shows (2015)

We’ve got to pull the plug, or it could go on“. There’s an optimism deep within the melancholy that seeps from Eugene Quell’s new single “London Pollen” that can’t be overlooked, the desire to an end. A hazy and false sense of ease permeates as Quell mastermind Toby Hayes sings articulated and poetic lines over a slow trickling lullaby melody before the eventual buzzsaw of distorted guitars ring out in juxtaposition.

Offering a minimalistic approach with sparse arrangements, the airy nature of the song is focused and dynamic, slinking by with great attention to detail and tonality, welcoming you into the fog. This is just the start, a new beginning. “London Pollen” is the first single from Eugene Quell’s latest EP, I Will Work The Land, due out December 11 via Exploding In Sound Records (U.S.) and Sonic Anhedonic Recording Company (UK).
After two exceptional releases in 2014, the band have returned with another batch of fuzzed out pop brilliance, offering something deceiving familiar yet utterly unique. There’s an inescapable warmth that oozes from the production of Eugene Quell’s latest EP, an inviting lo-fi bliss that lends itself to Hayes’ woozy songwriting.
Stereogum premiered the song, offering, “Hayes’ lyrics gnaw on the individual insecurities that surface when you’re in a vulnerable state, and those intimate admissions peek out of all of his songs regardless of their sonic consistency.” Expanding upon their thoughts, Stereogum shared, “the muddled scale that repeats throughout isn’t too far off from some of the short, ascendant interludes heard on the Velvet Underground’s self-titled full-length. “London Pollen” sounds like melancholic, fogged-in Sundays spent alone.”
Catch him live here:
11/17 – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms w/ Conrad Keely (…Trail of Dead) & Someone Died
12/11 – London, UK @ The Lexington w/ Tangled Hair