Following on from their debut single Sleepy Heads, bedroom pop duo Mumble Tide return with the equally irresistible single Orbit. Written and recorded by the pair in one day, the track is about looking back and accepting you wasted years being heartbroken, realising it was alright actually and that “it's ok to lose sometimes”.
“Orbit was one of those tracks that fell together really quickly.” says Gina “We'd been listening to loads of super noisy guitar bands so were keen to make something a little heavier. The real inspiration came after Ryan had been falling back in love with a bunch of early emo bands whilst trying to get me into them (it worked by the way)… it lead to us jamming around on guitars together over a repurposed drum loop and we wrote the song in one sitting.”
Mumble Tide is the project of Bristol based Gina Leonard & Ryan Rogers and has the sound of two people falling back in love with making music, trusting their feelings and just having fun with it.
“Mumble Tide was born during a tricky time where I was feeling quite restricted in other projects.” explains Gina, “Lots of what I was writing was getting rejected for being say... too sweet, or too silly or too simple. It became increasingly frustrating binning songs and to find that Ryan was up for embracing a no rules, no questions approach turned out to be just the ticket. Creating Mumble Tide allowed me the chance to tip everything upside down and shake it. I was reminded of why I love writing songs.”
Working in a home studio (originally in Bristol, then in Cambridge at Gina’s parents during lock down), Gina will normally start the process by bringing one of her songs to the room and Ryan focusing on the production, something that despite being in various musical projects over the last few years, he had largely overlooked, instead letting the more experienced in the room take the lead.
“At first when Gina and I decided to do some tracks together, I was very focused on just capturing her songs without over-complicating them. But the more we experimented and collaborated, the more we wanted to embrace the DIY production world we were creating together. We stopped trying to be technical or serious and stopped worrying about not knowing the right way to do things. We both played everything how we wanted, recorded it how we wanted and mixed it how we wanted. Just fun and easy and messy.”
With this new found freedom the pair have spent these last months in a buzz of activity and creativity. Shooting music videos with friends, creating their own artwork and press shots and most of all writing and recordings songs, and lots of them. Following on from Orbit the pair have a new Mumble Tide EP set for release this year and even talk of another new musical project on the horizon.