Following the release of their second album Not Rea, and dance-filled video for single “Apparition”, Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep have shared a remix of “Apparition” by UK electro-producer Pye Corner Audio. The track builds—ominous and sparse—from shadowy soundscapes and the cautionary interjections of the band harmonizing “trouble” into an industrial, John Carpenter-invoking scene that both captivates and chills.
Not Real is the second album by Stealing Sheep, written, recorded and produced by band members Becky Hawley, Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer at their studio in Liverpool, and out not on Heavenly Recordings. The unifying theme of the new album is the interplay of fact and fiction; the edge of dreams and limits of reality. These visions are grounded by bright melodies and insistent beats and unified by vocal harmonies; sometimes metronomic and chant-like, sometimes choral and pop.
For their second album they have concentrated on developing the sonic aesthetic of their music. “We were more focused about what we are trying to do. Everything has a reason for being there.” They’ve experimented with tuned percussion, programmed beats, trigger samples and worked with effected synths, utilizing the guitar and lap steel more sparingly and introducing more processed sounds. They’ve drawn inspiration from 50’s exotica, electronic music and 80’s pop and been influenced by the likes of Grace Jones, Maya Deren, Eden Ahbez, Delia Derbyshire, Moondog and John Carpenter.
Having learned new skills in the studio over the last few years, the band self-produced the album. They used the studio not only as a writing tool but also as an instrument; experimenting with post-production and varying instrumentation and layered textures. “We started off in pre-production doing all the demos ourselves” say’s Becky “the demos captured an atmosphere that we wanted to carry forward to the album. The result was a hybrid of casual takes and more considered recordings.”
The visual representation is highly important to the band, all of whom have art backgrounds. “We like to be involved in all the aspects of the presentation because it’s symbiotic to the music.” The colorful and organic album cover, a collaboration between photographer Charlotte Rutherford and collage artist Louise Mason.
Stealing Sheep UK Tour:
11/18 – Dublin – National Concert Hall-In Dreams – The Songs of David Lynch
11/19 – Bristol – Colston Hall-In Dreams – The Songs of David Lynch
11/21 – Paris – Philharmonie – In Dreams – The Songs of David Lynch
11/22 – Paris – Philarmonie – In Dreams – The Songs of David Lynch
11/23 – Nantes – Cite des Conferes – In Dreams – The Songs of David Lynch
11/28 – Liverpool – Kazamier Mythopeoia III ft. LEGS
12/1 – Dublin – Vicar Street – Supporting Django Django
12/2 – Derry – Nerve Centre – Supporting Django Django
12/3 – Glasgow – Barrowlands – Supporting Django Django
12/5 – Leeds – University – Supporting Django Django
12/6 – Manchester – Albert Hall – Supporting Django Django
12/9 – London – Roundhouse – Supporting Django Django
12/11 – Brussels – Ancienne Belgique – Supporting Django Django
12/12 – Amsterdam – Melweg – Supporting Django Django
12/15 – Nottingham – Rock City – Supporting Maxïmo Park
12/17 – London – Roundhouse – Supporting Maxïmo Park
12/18 – Birmingham – Institute – Supporting Maxïmo Park
12/19 – Manchester – Albert Hall – Supporting Maxïmo Park