Deep Deep Water
"We're a generation that's drowning under the weight of all the bad decisions and selfishness of past generations, we're a generation offloaded into trouble, into some deep, deep water." So say Talia Cohen, Frankie Bowmaker, Bernard Steen and Jimmy Sheals: the London-based four-piece who borrow the phrase to give a name to their singular brand of ennui-drenched, dub- inflected pop.
Taking inspiration from the smoky delivery of Portishead and the formless wanderings of Talk Talk, Deep Deep Water locked themselves away for much of 2018 in the throes of free, shapeless improvisation. They are one of very few acts that truly understands the vitality of self-expression in the modern age. This tireless rehearsal schedule paid off as they made their festival debut with an electric performance at Womad, during which the band earned 10,000 new fans in 30 minutes.
On Deep Deep Water's crystalline debut EP, expect Sheals' trademark acrobatics behind the drums, accompanied by Steen's deft synthesis, Bowmaker's languid guitar lines, and an ebbing, flowing vocal from Cohen. Released early 2019 on Aphrodite, a new label by Greco-Roman co-founder Alexander Waldron.