Share new single & video "In Dreams" from forthcoming LP 'Vices' due Feb 21st via French Exit.
Peggy Sue are sharing their new single "In Dreams" today, taken from their upcoming album 'Vices', which is set for release Feb 21st via French Exit. The London-based duo made up of
Katy Young & Rosa Slade will also embark on a full UK tour starting in March.
Drenched in reverb, the Morricone-esque "In Dreams" took its inspiration from the surf doo-wop of bands like La Luz; Takeshi Terauchi’s guitar lines; and Mondo Boys playlists.
As the title suggests, "it’s a song about fantasy, and the frustration that comes from someone’s failure to see you for who you are in preference of what they think you could be", says singer Rosa Slade.
"It’s an unrealised love story in many ways, but also a rejection of romantic ideals around the feeling and language that is expected to come with falling in love. The chorus is a celebration of self - 'I’ll be the greatest love you’ve ever had in dreams… but never long enough to hold me -; a message that that person has to take you as you are, or they don’t get to have you.
But the song is a homage to those dreams too; because in the end the dream is the thing that you’ve built together - the dream is your love story."
The video is directed by artist & filmmaker Rosie Carr, who said:
"Peggy Sue’s 'In Dreams' video is a love letter to the sea and to Margate, using psychedelic colour layers of grainy seascapes shot on a 90’s handycam. From a freezing cold dip in the tidal pool on a December morning to making up dance routines on an empty stage, I wanted to capture the feeling of freedom and fun that exudes from this place right now".
It has taken Peggy Sue four years to work through all of their Vices. The London band's upcoming fourth album, due February 21st is their first full-length release since 2014's Choir Of Echoes.
Its ten tracks are bittersweet tales of love and distraction, as simple as they are powerful, and irresistible in their combination of tender harmonies and stark, cautiously optimistic guitars. 'Vices' borrows from the perfectly constructed pop songs of the 1960s, and the understated,
noisy anthems of nineties bands like Blur and the Breeders, and it is a self-assured return to
the very essence of Peggy Sue.
During their last headline tour, for Choir of Echoes, Peggy Sue were playing to the biggest crowds of their career. But for Katy Young and Rosa Slade, life intervened, as life often does, and they found themselves needing to take a break from the band they had been in since they were teenagers.
"We needed to step back from it," explains Young "and when we came back together, we realised that the way we'd been doing music wasn't
necessarily all that good for us, or for our friendship.
We had to rethink how we did it, to make it that positive thing for us again."
They looked back to their early days, as a duo, and stripped everything right back to its bare bones. So instead of the practice room, they started working on new songs in their living rooms – the first time they had written together that way since their debut album, Fossils and Other Phantoms. They quickly remembered that it suited them.
The pair also took inspiration from Deep Throat Choir, the 30-strong singing group, which both have performed as part of for the past four years.
“It’s been such a powerful thing to be part of, to remember how exciting and joyful just singing together is, and to see how much strength you can take from one and other,” says Young.
After four years, Peggy Sue have found themselves again.
"I know, from looking at your mouth, how you’re going to sing something" says Slade, addressing her bandmate; "I know what harmony to add. We've been singing in Deep Throat Choir, and it's beautiful to be among those voices, but your voice is the voice that I know the best."
21 Feb - Resident Records, Brighton
23 Feb - Elsewhere, Margate
25 Feb - Rough Trade, Bristol
27 Feb - Rough Trade East, London
24 Mar Cambridge: Portland Arms
25 Mar Brighton: Green Door Store
26 Mar Bristol: Louisiana
27 Mar Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach
28 Mar Manchester: Kings Arms
29 Mar Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club
31 Mar Birmingham: Hare & Hounds
01 Apr Liverpool: Studio 2
02 Apr Glasgow: Hug & Pint
03 Apr Newcastle: Cluny
04 Apr Coventry: The Tin
05 Apr Sheffield: Picture House Social
09 Apr London The Dome
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Peggy Sue -In Dreams
Peggy Sue – Vices