onDeadWaves announces debut album out May 20, shares “California”

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Polly Scattergood and James Chapman (Maps) aka onDeadWaves announce details of their self-titled debut album.

Out on May 20, 2016, via Mute, 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.

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. Q Magazine described their lead single, “Blackbird,” as “a smoldering blend of Edgar Allan Poe imagery, David Lynch and Chris Isaak’s guitar twang.” Listen HERE.

“Blue Inside” was described by The Revue as “breathtaking…utterly stunning…both comforting and haunting.” Listen to the track HERE.

onDeadWaves have been sharing mixes of tracks, charting a few of their favorite things right now. Follow their mixtapes HERE.

Photo credit: Cat Mook

Photo credit: Cat Mook