York’s sharpest record label, Young Thugs, present Bonneville, in the haunting surroundings of one of York’s beautiful churches.
This is the launch of her debut EP, Confessions.
We had an inkling of Bonneville’s wickedly funny brilliance in The Lungs, her wry alt-country duo set-up with songwriter Theo Mason Wood, later reborn as a fully-fledged four-piece, Gwen. Guesting with South Bank Suicide Club showed other quirky sides of a performer who appears to move effortlessly from menacing faux-saccharine pop to edgy off-kilter story-songs. You get the feeling she could go absolutely in any direction and triumph. Now she’s flying solo, but well supported by a host of York’s finest, with a set of deceptively sweet-sounding lyrics that lay bare a young world of fun, experiment and excitement. The three-song EP set is tinged with a contemplative edge of regret and apology, but underlying this, the listener is left in no doubt that Bonnie Milnes can dig deep and emerge with an understated determination to grow and learn from her adventures. It’s an exhilarating debut, an offering that hints at a huge career not much further down the line.
YorkMix covered the release of the video for the first track, Chimpanzee earlier this year:
Listen to the other tracks, Matthew In The Bathroom, and the wistful New Lady, on Spotify: