• FLEX Staff

Review: Issy Winstanley - 'Lockdown: Live'

Issy Winstanley’s new album ‘Lockdown: Live' is a perfect example of staying connected and working together during a global pandemic. A piece of work to look back on for many years to come.

Hailing from Cheltenham, singer-songwriter Issy Winstanley has always loved collaborating with other artists and as her live opportunities dwindled due to lockdown, she decided that a project was just the thing to lift everybody’s spirits.

Filled to the brim with stunning stripped back acoustic guitar and piano alongside glorious harmonies, the intimate lo-fi tracks will have you feeling like your sitting alongside nine artists as they take turns singing your favourite tracks, from Adele to Newton Faulkner.

Issy explained how the album came about: “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.”

We look forward to seeing what she can accomplish as she unleashes her talent on the world once again.