Polly Scattergood and James Chapman (Maps) aka onDeadWaves announce details of their self-titled debut album.
Out on Mute on 20 May 2016, the album is heavy of atmosphere, rich in melody, rippled with an air of malice and flowing female and male vocals. onDeadWaves is out on CD, digital and as a limited edition vinyl which comes with a signed art print.
Listen to a brand new track, California, here: https://youtu.be/1jZqlJjXK4Y
The seeds of James Chapman and Polly Scattergood’s creative partnership were sown in 2011, at Mute’s legendary Short Circuit festival at London’s Roundhouse. The night saw different collaborations with Mute artists and Polly and James paired up to perform each other’s songs.
Though each had primarily worked alone before, there was something natural about the chemistry between them. “The gig was one of the most enjoyable I’ve done “ says Polly. “And as soon as we finished, we said it’d be cool to do something else.”
The pair reconvened at James’ studio in the countryside and, starved of social contact, found the landscape provided inspiration. Launch track Blackbird, Lauren Laverne’s MPFree pick on announcement, was inspired by a frequent, feathered visitor. Listen to Blackbird here, described by Q magazine as “A smouldering blend of Edgar Allan Poe imagery, David Lynch and Chris Isaak’s guitar twang.” – https://youtu.be/ZS6fiOVGk80
Blue Inside followed and garnered airplay from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Janice Long, listen to the track here: https://youtu.be/WQROMzqtgbY
onDeadWaves have been sharing mixes of tracks, charting a few of their favourite things right now. Follow their mixtapes here: https://soundcloud.com/ondeadwaves
Q – “… a world of smeared mascara and trailer-park heartache, there’s something wonderfully cinematic about this debut single.”
The Guardian – “Blackbird, their debut single, somehow nods to both shoegaze and country, with a David Lynchian creepiness to both music and lyrics.”