Review of A Lesson Unlearnt – the album from Until the Ribbon Breaks

Pete Lawrie Winfield, who hails from Cardiff, has a background in film and an interest in soundtracks that he has turned into an experimental mix of genres, with bandmates James Gordon and Elliot Wall. Using words that sometimes sound as though they were taken straight from a personal journal, computerized brooding sounds, and music mashed together with hip hop, Until the Ribbon Breaks starts off familiar and veers into unknown territory. Winfield first came to the public eye doing DJ sets for Lorde, and has also created a number of what he terms “re-imaginings” of other musician’s songs, hitting on everyone from Blondie to London Grammar. The debut album, A Lesson Unlearnt, features Run the Jewels as guests on one of the songs, their mood of necessary intensity making a unique contrast with the singer/songwriter feel that underpins most of the tracks.

It’s an interesting idea, a combination that sometimes works, and other times seems a bit of an afterthought. Until the Ribbon Breaks is on tour supporting London Grammar and has been featured on NPR and Harper’s Bazaar’s sounds of 2015, so expect to see more of them and some moody fashion shots featuring the camera-ready Winfield.

Review here…

My interview with Until the Ribbon Breaks

Until the Ribbon Breaks is a new band comprising Pete Lawrie Winfield, James Gordon, and Elliot Wall. Right now, they are all in the studio, rehearsing for their upcoming tour, to support their debut album, A Lesson Unlearnt. Begun as a studio project, and heavily inspired by the cinematic due to Winfield’s film school background, the album borrows from different genres. Hip hop features prominently, weaving its way through the songs, and they managed to score the guest participation of Run the Jewels for one of the tracks. Now with the album about to drop, they’re attracting a lot of attention. So the band which claimed to have gone into the studio with a piano, a drum machine, projecting film clips for inspiration, is taking the show on the road. Northern Transmissions wanted to know more about what was behind the scenes. Alice Severin was able to talk with the group and discover the backstory behind this latest big feature.

It started as a studio project, which brought us together to make a record that we loved in the studio, and then other people liked it, I suppose. And that evolved into us deciding that we should probably entertain the idea of it being a band. And then it turned into a live band, and here we are.

the interview is here…