Based in the UK but with members originating from all over our globe, Guillemots first galloped into people’s ears in 2005 with joyful, colour-drenched singles such as Made-up Lovesong #43 and Trains to Brazil. Their debut album Through the Windowpane followed in 2006, picking up a Mercury Music Prize nomination and vocal praise from many music luminaries including Sir Paul McCartney, as well as a Brit Nomination followed the next year for Best Live Act.
Since then, albums Red (2008), Walk the River (2011) and Hello Land! (2012) have continued to feed the band’s reputation for making gorgeously unpredictable, dreamlike music, and singer Fyfe Dangerfield also found time to release a solo album, Fly Yellow Moon (2010).
Live, Guillemots have played an increasingly diverse range of gigs, spanning from stadium concerts supporting R.E.M to a series of ongoing collaborations with Future Cinema, improvising soundtracks to cult films such as David Lynch’s Eraserhead. In 2007, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra played a set with the band to celebrate the re-opening of Birmingham Town Hall, a concert which also featured the premiere of In Wait, an orchestral commission written by Dangerfield; at the other extreme, last year the band curated and headlined two intimate nights of completely unamplified music in a converted London warehouse.
Guillemots are currently recording a new album in a Norway hideaway with producer Jonas Raabe, the second in a four-part series.