None other than IDER are back, and given our continuously grim reality, not a moment too soon. The London-based duo of Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville have revealed their new album is called shame, and while we don’t have a release date yet, we do at least have new single “Cross Yourself”.
Naturally, appearances aren’t everything. As the LP’s title readily implies, this was a very different affair, largely informed by the pair’s experience during COVID-19 isolation (which was reimagined in last year’s single and video “Saturday”). During a doomed attempted move to Berlin, the duo faced reality: “We got there, and we got COVID four weeks later. We had three weeks of heaven where we wrote so much new music and it was everything we dreamed of, living that chaotic, no-routine lifestyle.”
Then they were essentially forced to (in their own words) “Thelma and Louise” it back to London before borders shut down even further. Once returned (and recovered) they fleshed out the songs that would ultimately compose shame. Today they both announce the LP and share its lead single, “Cross Yourself”.
Speaking on the song, IDER share, “‘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.”