Professor Penguin call themselves a collective. They have a cast of six that rises to nine at times. And they take after another band with a completely daft name, Bombay Bicycle Club. BBC have defied what was expected of them around 2006 when they appeared on the landfill indie scene and are now renowned by fans and critics alike. Indeed, they even had to upscale their forthcoming Irish tour. So it’s no surprise that other bands have cottoned onto their sound. London’s Professor Penguin’s debut single ‘Pilot’ is getting released at the end of November. The song goes through a number of cycles, with an initial burst of energy petering out to leave just vocals. And then we’re into BBC territory. Professor Penguin do it very well, hinting at Noah and the Whale along the way. You can listen to ‘Pilot’ below, along with slower number ‘Past’ and a cover of Bon Iver’s ‘Calgary’, which shows off the strength of the vocals.

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