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Quiet Houses are feeling “Hot and Clumsy”

Updated: Jan 18



Edinburgh duo Quiet Houses (Jamie Stewart and Hannah Elliott) are blowing us away with their unique take on indie-pop, that has landed them a warm welcome from tastemakers and fans a like. There’s already been some huge moments for the duo, for example their single ‘Big Town’ was supported by singles ‘B-List’ (BBC Radio Scotland track of the week). Their other single ‘Cold Water Swimming’ got featured in Spotify’s ‘The Most Beautiful Songs In The World,’ expanding their fanbase even further.

Their latest single “Hot and Clumsy” is an infectious new offering that will be sure to please that ever-expanding fanbase. The track features a colourful melting pot of rhythmic guitar riffs, vintage-tinged beats and divine backing vocals. Lead vocal lines come drenched in pop sensibilities and work hand in glove with youthful lyricism. The track is sure to make fans only more anticipated for their upcoming EP ‘Since July.’


Speaking about the track, they say: “‘Hot and Clumsy’ is about the nervous excitement of being young and liking someone at a party. The song celebrates the awkwardness of being vulnerable with someone, it embraces the moments we are all embarrassed about.


Around the time we started writing the song I was learning lots of math-rock style riffs. I had a few riffs of my own but didn’t feel they would work in our music until I paired one of them with the drum loop that plays throughout Hot and Clumsy. The loop comes from this drum machine app called FunkBox which I read about in an Aaron Dessner interview. I took this idea to Hannah and we wrote the rest of the tune that week.


We loved the awkward energy of the music and wrote the lyrics around that. The song is about the nervous excitement of being young and liking someone at a party. We wanted it to celebrate the awkwardness of being vulnerable with someone, and embrace the moments we are all embarrassed about.”

In their upcoming follow-up EP Since July, Quiet Houses explore adolescence and early adulthood in abundance. Definitely ones to keep on your radar!


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