Following on from their 2019 critically acclaimed debut album 'Emotional Education', IDER have returned with brand new music and have announced their sophomore album 'shame', due to be released later this year. Across shame’s eight tracks - many of which written whilst the band were holed up in Berlin in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic - best friends and bandmates Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville aren’t merely songwriters but producers, collaborators, curators and creative directors. Freed from the creative and spiritual confines of a label, the duo’s identity is stronger than ever. Self-acceptance is the essence of shame. It’s the idea that gave the record its name, and informed its creation.
Lead single single and opener ‘Cross Yourself’ showcases the duo’s powerful production chops perfectly, while the hedonism of Berlin echoes in its thunderous bassline and sultry vocal delivery; its percussion is so crisp and present as to become a hook all of its own. ‘Cross Yourself’ also features additional production by Salka Valsdóttir (Daughters of Reykjavík, CYBER).
IDER explain: “‘Cross Yourself’ is a reflection on how we search for purpose - how we often attach meaning to things or like the idea of something external to believe in, in exchange for believing in ourselves.” Nobody is perfect, and those who appear to have it all figured out are often those whose panic simmers hottest below the surface. IDER is a rejection of ego and its need to be constantly massaged.
This super limited edition record features an alternative physical artwork design that has been exclusively paired with a royal blue vinyl. In addition, IDER have ensured that the entire operation has been handled in an eco-friendly plant using entirely recycled materials.
The contemplative, electronic pop of IDER is highlighted by the dual lead vocals of songwriters Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville, who fall in and out of unison and harmonies.
Meeting on Falmouth University’s Popular Music course in 2012, Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville’s first collaborations were folk songs inspired by Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac. A 2016 move to London didn’t incite a rethink so much as expose all the possibilities suddenly at the pair’s disposal. Now also drawing inspiration from the likes of Lapsley, Ibeyi and The Japanese House, IDER first introduced their typically spare, melancholy tone with the single 'Sorry' in 2016.
IDER went on to self-release a string of singles before partnering with independent label Aesop for their acclaimed 2017 EP, 'Gut Me Like an Animal'. Eventually signing to Glassnote records, the band went on to record their debut album 'Emotional Education', released in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim. 2021 sees IDER reclaimed full independence over their artistry, which has allowed for a real evolution in their musicianship. With their forthcoming second album 'shame', Markwick and Somerville have deconstructed palatable, marketable notions that had them billed as another “pop duo”, and in finally having total control of their craft, have created the best body of work of their career.