Deap Vally - Digital Dream [EP]
Deap Vally, the Los Angeles-based duo comprising Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, today announce the release of their Digital Dream EP on February 26th. A series of collaborations with artists loved by the band.
Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards have always relished the challenge of working within the limitations of being a two-piece, but after two records (Sistrionix, 2012 and Femejism, produced by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 2016) and years of touring as a duo, they felt an urge to reinvent their writing and recording process.
Rather than be locked in a battle of wills between two parties, they sought collaborators to break the tie and allow for an organic, majority-rules creative process. Those collaborators include jennylee (Warpaint), Peaches, Zach Dawes (Last Shadow Puppets) and Jamie Hince (The Kills). They also experimented with self-producing, working with studio engineer and longtime friend Josiah Mazzaschi (Jesus and Mary Chain, Idles). Finally addressing the eternal question, “Will you ever add a third member?”, they decided it would be more of a creative adventure to collaborate with a bunch of different artist friends rather than commit to one.
The result is a true creative renaissance for the duo, more liberating than they could ever have imagined. They broke all the Deap Vally rules, letting the collaborations be a musical free-for-all where anything goes. They added whatever instrumentation a track called for, in whatever genre or mood was spontaneously occurring, rather than limit themselves to guitar and drums, blues and rock.
“The Digital Dream EP was an amazing opportunity for us to remove all style barriers from our music and collaborate with some of our favorite people and artists. The songs on this EP were composed in a purely democratic way, allowing all artists in the room to contribute, shape, and participate in their creation. Writing these songs was about process over result, encouraging everyone to enter into potentially uncomfortable places (ie. jamming and letting go of preconceived notions of approach and genre) while feeling safe and unjudged. True musical alchemy”. – Deap Vally