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Johnny Lloyd - Pilgrims


Following Tribes disbandment in late 2013, after rumours of Lloyds intent to break away in pursuit of a solo career, the surfacing of the ‘Pilgrims EP’ a few weeks back went and confirmed the former Tribes man’s lustful desire to go it alone, whilst exposing a pared back sound, far from the brash Americana of Tribes’ final album ‘Wish to Scream’.

Reportedly mixed by Mystery Jet’s own Blaine Harrison, the eponymous ‘Pilgrims’ is the standout track, laced with synths, in which the former Tribes frontman flirts with a distinct 80s influence channelling a Blood Orange reminiscent funk whilst still upholding the signature lyricism of his former work. “It’s late, and I know I’ve never loved somebody like you” immediately suggestive of the tone of Tribes’ first album and the romantic melancholy of ‘Halfway Home’. Hauntingly summery, it evokes future nostalgia in a progressive break away from a band whose glory days owed much to the tearaway Lloyd.

Having performed already at Dot to Dot festival and recently finishing his stint supporting The Kooks round Europe, Lloyd has been playing his cards close to his chest. Regardless, Pilgrims is an exemplary, shining summer soundtrack, rightfully deserved of a download. Well, wouldn’t it be rude not to?