Here at Entertainment South Wales, we always pride ourselves in championing new music from Welsh artists. One such band is West Wales trio, Platform 1 who have just released their EP, So Much for The Sadness.
During lockdown, the band spent much time at home producing So Much For The Sadness, a 6 track EP comprising songs old and new. Inspired by artists such as The Cranberries, Taylor Swift and Steve Earle, Platform 1 have spent time exploring different avenues of song writing and collaborating with other artists. Their music is very much in the style of a singer songwriter with elements of melodic folk and country.
Common themes in earlier songs touch upon teenage relationships and trepidation but more recently, they have taken inspiration from contemporary social issues and struggles.
The band comprise of Martha, Josh and Will who currently split their time between home and Bristol.
Platform 1 EP Recorded During Lockdown
Martha explains, “We’ve spent the last year recording during lockdown and although it has been a very trying time for everyone, it has allowed us to take the time to craft something that we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do.
“The EP is a mix stylistically, with some songs that are old and others that we wrote over lockdown. Each track has a story to tell, and it’s been a joy to recreate these songs and see them develop.”
So Much for The Sadness Reviewed
Entertainment South Wales reviewer Andy Howells says of the EP:
“The overall sound of So Much for The Sadness combines beautiful echoes of Darling Buds, Primitives and Cranberries.
The EP kicks off with No Vacancy a delicious slice of jangly guitar pop accompanied by Martha’s wonderful breathy vocals.
Following on, Not The One shows the band in greater depth at a slower but reflective pace, accompanied with a lush string arrangement. The title track, So Much For The Sadness is a little edgier in approach, musically and vocally, while tracks Thoughts and Too Soon combine melody with mellowness recalling the live vibe of a summer festival performance. I really enjoy this band, they display a rich canvas of material on this release with plenty of light and shade. Would definetely love to catch them live after hearing this!”