‘Lockdown: Live’ is the new album from Issy Winstanley, providing a batch of beautiful and unmissable live covers by Issy and 9 glowing guests. Issy’s gentle blend of country, pop and folk is displayed gorgeously on each of the tracks, showcasing exactly why this young talent should be on your radar. The virtual collaborations were birthed during a height of creativity during lockdown, and are the perfect collection of songs to get lost in.
Discussing how the album was created, Issy said: “During the beginning stages of lockdown, I was becoming increasingly anxious with the musical progress I had been making, becoming stinted by such a long break in live performance and practice. I always loved collaborating and bouncing off other artists, and I did not want the growth this facilitated to be hindered by months and months in quarantine. The idea for a new form of collaboration – all done virtually – came after I focused more time on learning the technological side of music and video production with so much time at home, and the free and simple methods I could make use of to deliver such collaborative content. I reached out to old and new musical friends and colleagues with the idea, and the response was overwhelming. So many artists were also keen not only to share creative ideas but also to share each other to our platforms. Over 9 weeks, I posted one new video each week to Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and the reception of these releases was amazing.”
She also explains: “Since release, these collaborations have received over 16,000 views. Many people were asking myself and the other artists whether there was or going to be a method in which they could download or streams these covers – hence why I was so keen to release them as a stand alone album of duetted covers to major streaming platforms. I hope that, upon release, those people that enquired about their access to these songs enjoy their ability to stream at their own will, as well as others who may not have heard of myself, the other musicians or this project.”
Catching the ears of many including BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Radio Winchcombe, UoG’s Radio and Bucks New, Issy’s delicate tone and genre-blending style is quickly growing in popularity. Check out her brand new album below.