Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine

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Debut single “Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine” was born as the horror of Coronavirus overtook the news. Shocked by the way life in her local neighbourhood seemed to carry on regardless - lawns were mowed, sparrows chirped and Laura’s dogs always need their walks - her heartfelt response was, naturally, a song.

Written in a morning coffee break while her husband took a Skype work meeting in the next room, the song was recorded entirely in her home attic studio The Launch Pad, except for live drums which were beamed in remotely by Max Saidi.

“Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine” is a technicolour reflection of these unprecedented times, offering hope and solidarity amidst the fear, an explosive sugarbuzz pop banger that at once recalls the heady strut of Dream Wife and Dinosaur Pile Up whilst nodding quietly to Blue Album-era Weezer and Nirvana circa Nevermind.

“Take heart there’ll be time to celebrate” Laura urges as her widescreen, powerhouse guitars enter the fray. Right now, hope is what we all really need.

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LYRICS

Keep calm, stay remote
Write your troubles on a Post-It note
School’s out, last orders at the bar

I’m not pleased to see you
Don’t stand so close to me
There’s trouble in the supermarket
But everything looks normal

Take heart, there’ll be time to celebrate
Don’t second guess humanity away
Stand tall and we’ll all take the weight
Cos everything looks normal in the sunshine, sunshine

Lights out, kids up early
Not ready for a life inside
It’s gonna be a quiet night
but everything looks normal…

Wake up, don’t be stupid
Your money won’t help you now
It’s too late to get your friends and neighbours round

Take heart, there’ll be time to celebrate
Don’t second guess humanity away
Stand tall and we’ll all take the weight
Cos everything looks normal in the sunshine, sunshine, sunshine

Take heart, there’ll be time to celebrate
Don’t second guess humanity away
Stand tall and we’ll all take the weight
Cos everything looks normal, even though it’s terrifying

Take heart, there’ll be time to celebrate
Don’t wanna trust my future to fate
So I’ll cut my own hair while I wait
Cos everything looks normal in the sunshine, sunshine, sunshine

credits

released May 15, 2020
CREDITS

Written, produced and performed by Laura Kidd.
Drums by Max Saidi. Mixed by Dan Austin.
Mastered by Chris McCormack at Blacklisted Mastering.
Portrait by @genskiart, concept and layout by Laura Kidd.

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Penfriend Bristol, UK

Laura Kidd is a solo artist based in Bristol, UK.

From 2010-2019 she created her own audiovisual world as She Makes War, releasing four albums shemakeswar.bandcamp.com

Since then, she's been making music as Penfriend. Part reinvention, part reckoning with a more confident, wiser self, her new project is a deliberate call for more meaningful connection at a time of cheap dopamine highs.
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