Introducing Little Egret: Bringing vibrant Brit-Pop vibes to the London scene

"Musically we were trying to smash together the sound of earnest and energetic early noughties rock with more modern synth-jazz stuff"
20 March 2024
Photo by Dominic Armstrong

South London’s exciting new band Little Egret, unleash their infectious debut single, The Balance. Characterized by hooky guitar riffs, Motown-inspired drums, subtle synths, and catchy vocal melodies, Little Egret captures a sound reminiscent of the 90s-00s era Brit-pop and indie scene.

Produced by the acclaimed Brett Shaw (known for his work with Gorillaz, Mura Masa, Foals, and Florence and the Machine), The Balance offers a strikingly complete sound despite being the band’s debut. The track exudes a euphoric feel-good tone while also conveying a sense of urgency and directness through the vocal performance.

Little Egret’s sound is a blend of old-school Motown vibes with contemporary experimental twists. From washed-out guitar chords to hotwired riffs and synth whooshes, the band creates a sonic landscape that is both nostalgic and innovative. They included samples of laughter and banter from their writing sessions to convey a sense of fun and camaraderie.

Reflecting on the inspiration behind The Balance, Little Egret share:

“When we were playing the song instrumentally, the little pre-chorus, the ‘I don’t want to suppress it’ came really easy and just fit well with the build of the music. It led pretty naturally to the idea that I had emotions that I wanted to express but felt like I maybe couldn’t. For a while I had the song’s working title as PDA-ok in my notes – because it was inspired by a night out with my boyfriend and some other friends where they joked we were being too couple-y and in love. So when I told the band that idea, they got the vibe completely and we worked on bringing it all together.

Musically we were trying to smash together the sound of earnest and energetic early noughties rock with more modern synth-jazz stuff. We started with an old Motown-influenced drum beat, with those washed out opening guitar chords as the next step, and then filled it out with a bunch of hotwired guitar riffs, synth whooshes, and layers of echoes and delays and whoops. We make music because we enjoy it, so we captured samples of us laughing and messing about during the writing sessions and dropped these in too, to bottle that sense of fun and make sure it shone through in the track.”

Artwork by Nnamdi Nwanokwu

Catch Little Egret live once more after their electrifying performances at venues like the Bedford, Amersham Arms, and a sold-out show at Servant Jazz Quarters in 2023:

4th April​.
93 Feet East, London (Headline Show

Don’t miss the chance to experience Little Egret’s dynamic energy and infectious tunes firsthand. Stay tuned for more exciting developments from this promising band on the rise.