Young British trio Drug Store Romeos have been patient in their development over the last few years, releasing scant singles at months-long intervals, each one showing a new level of development. They’re now bringing that incubation time to fruition with their debut album, The world within our bedrooms, which arrives on June 25 via Fiction. The first single shared from the album is called “What’s On Your Mind”, and they say:
“The last half of the song is sort of our interpretation of a mental journey through realisations about past situations that send you down rabbit holes of thought that end up linking to other rabbit holes. During this journey you go through positive and negative emotions, but the negative emotions are not inherently bad and can lead to positive change. ‘What’s On Your Mind’ is also about perspective change and was made for listening to at 10pm as you’re settling in for the night.”
Effortlessly evoking similar feelings as their pioneering influences Stereolab and Broadcast, Drug Store Romeos find their own space within this swooning, weightless world on “What’s On Your Mind”. The wizardly synth unrolls a celestial carpet, across which Sarah’s fantastically vulnerable vocal floats, while her bass pirouettes with glee, and as one they present a pathway into the galaxy of your own reflections. As they speed things up for the second half, with their nimble rhythm section subtly pushing up the gears, “What’s On Your Mind” becomes a wordless wonder, no less evocative or engrossing for its lack of lyrics – simply and irresistibly inviting you to enter your own dreamscape.
You can listen to “What’s On Your Mind” on streaming platforms or watch the delicately animated video by Qianhui Yu below.
Drug Store Romeos’ debut album The world within our bedrooms arrives on June 25 via Fiction (pre-order/save). They’ve also got these dates ahead (tickets for the Scala gig go on sale Friday):
25 May | Oslo Hackney, London (SOLD OUT)
27 May | YES, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
29 July | SET, London (SOLD OUT)
2-5 Sep | End Of The Road Festival
25-26 Sep | Dot to Dot Festival
17 Nov | Scala, London