If delicate electro pop with a hint of R&B is your thing, then we’ve got some good news for you; Ider are going to be your new favourite band. Having met at university, Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville moved to London, holed themselves up in their flat and set about creating some of the most beautiful, delicate and uplifting tracks you’ll hear this year.
Debut single ‘Sorry’, with its finger clicking percussion, dropped in 2016, and immediately garnered the pair attention from Shura, who went on to produce ‘Does She Even Know’ for the duo. Since then, they’ve been busy gathering traction; from appearances at Reading Festival, Iceland Airwaves and End Of The Road, sold out support dates with Ibeyi, to soundtracking FIFA 18 with the blissful ‘King Ruby’. The later is a glorious ode to a friend’s recovery from a serious car accident, and it’s genuinely brilliant, empowering stuff. In 2017, they released their debut EP, Gut Me Like An Animal, the title track showcasing the band’s gorgeous vocals in an a cappella style. EP opener ‘Face On’ showcased their versatility, with dark, stark synths underpinning, before the soaring chorus kicks in.
With such stunning tracks under their belts, it’s unsurprising that labels started knocking at their door, and earlier this year, IDER inked a deal with Glassnote Records, home of Daughter, Flo Morrissey and Childish Gambino. They celebrated the union by releasing the effortless beautiful ‘Learn To Let Go’, all glassy synths and haunting harmonies. And after finding themselves with two sold out dates at London’s Archspace, Meg and Lily ended the year by releasing the brilliant ‘Body Love’. Describing it as “kind of a ‘thank you for breaking my heart’ sort of thing,” the single once again played on the band’s biggest strength; their intertwining vocals.
As for what 2018 will bring, whilst we’re all crossing our fingers for an album, Ider have booked their largest headline show to date at Rich Mix in March, so at least we know we’ll be getting our fix of their electro-folk goodness then. See you down the front, yeah?
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