On Dead Waves is a new collaborative project, pairing electro-pop maker Polly Scattergood with shoegaze-electronica producer Maps. Together they end up with a fairly noirish kind of sound: there are brushes of guitar, electronic swells, and both contribute hushed, breathy vocals. This is their debut album together, released by Mute.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 5th March 2018
On their debut album, London’s onDeadWaves use shimmering, celestial synthesisers and guitars to colour their gently captivating, haunting vocal harmonies. This combination creates songs with a whispery gloss of Shriekback’s pop sophistication, overtones of Low’s quietly shivering drama, and the heavenly atmospheric caress of the Cocteau Twins. It’s an album of beautiful, hypnotic music that embraces you with “something’s not quite right” arms. Includes a member of Maps and is a good choice for night driving.
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