Leeds-based pop-folk band Sunflower Thieves, who combine rich harmonies and honest lyrics to create their own unique world of ethereal melancholy, have released ‘Don’t Mind The Weather’. The new track entices the listener with a magical soundscape of harmony-laden double-tracked vocals and themes based around the natural world and feelings of safety.
The idea for ‘Don’t Mind The Weather’ was conceived in early 2020, in the comfort of Lily’s home studio, written alongside fellow Leeds artist and friend Mehalah Ray. Originally a simple acoustic composition, the track quickly blossomed, with Lily’s unique production finding an exciting new direction for the song. Sonically the track sits in familiar territory to previous singles ‘Hide and Seek’ and ‘Heavy Weight’, alongside typically emotive and personal themes in terms of subject matter.
“’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/weather change, the gravitational pull of the moon / 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”
The duo (Amy Illingworth and Lily Sturt-Bolshaw) have written and performed together for many years. Originally from Derbyshire, they relocated to Leeds, to pursue their musical ambitions. There they started the Sunflower Thieves project; one which has grown organically into not only a live act but also a songwriting and production collective; making the best of the Covid-19 restrictions by hosting remote songwriting sessions with a diverse range of both new and established artists, including the likes of Benjamin Francis Leftwich.