Pete Astor is a singer and songwriter. He was the frontman in The Loft and The Weather Prophets on Creation Records. From the beginning they helped to establish the feel and sound of the label. Have a look at David Cavanagh’s My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize for the full story. A more mythic version comes courtesy of Danny Boyle in his film Creation Stories.
After the break-up of those bands he made solo records before switching to making more electronic music, forming The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound, singing to Matador and Heavenly respectively. In the 2000s he started making solo records again for a variety of labels: Hal’s Eggs for Static Caravan, Songbox for Second Language, Spilt Milk for Fortuna POP!
In 2017 he signed to Tapete releasing One For the Ghost backed by The Wave Pictures. You Made Me, an album of covers, followed in 2020 as well as his spoken word project The Attendant. He is set to release his new single “English Weather” in October followed by his new album Time on Earth.
Though London-based duo lilo have only recently emerged, theirs is a bond that runs a decade deep. Christie Gardner and Helen Dixon met at school aged 11, and from that day forward have forged an unshakeable creative bond. Their debut EP, Sleep Country, released early 2022, was built on crystallised moments of calm and contemplation. Over the five tracks that make up the EP, Christie and Helen explore new perspectives on love and friendship, often through the frame of loss. Despite this, the tone remains distinctly hopeful, choosing to treasure the small things in the face of larger sadness.