The new video to the second single from Peach, ‘Cloudwatching’, is out on my YouTube channel and was kindly premiered by Louder Than War this week. It was directed and produced by Candy Parfitt and edited and animated by me. I hope you enjoy it!
You can still preorder Peach, which is out on vinyl, CD and digital on the 2nd of June, here.
In typical Deerful style it’s a sad pop album, I made it on several extremely small synthesisers in my front room, and recorded and mixed and painted the cover for it myself. The only voice on it other than mine is my Macbook, on the two title tracks, reading out names of fruit and flowers I was streaming to it live from Twitter, because I appreciate oddness. Despite that it’s maybe a little softer around the edges than Staying Still, and it’s eleven tracks long, all about life and connections and moments between people and memories. Clash were kind enough to premiere the first single from it, Subjects Of Our Love, yesterday, if you’d like to hear a little of it.
Hiya. From midnight EST (which was about 8pm UK time) Bandcamp have started donating their profits to the ACLU for 24 hours and lots of artists are joining them including YOUR GIRL DEERFUL. Any money I get from you lot in the next 24 hours will also be donated to the ACLU (with the exception of Without Borders which will still go to JCWI because I also believe in continuing to act locally).
There are new keychains in the shop which have been hand cross-stitched by Citizen Helene, who is a very dear friend and also terrifyingly good at everything. There are only eight of them. You know what to do etc.
If you want to know more about the Bandcamp campaign check out this link.
I’m doing an end-of-year round-up list. I can’t believe it either. I’ve never done one before. I’m usually so out of touch I haven’t even heard anything released in the current year. I’m not sure if this is a one-off or just a sign that I’m finally becoming slightly less out of touch. It might never happen again.
These are the songs that inspired me the most this year. The songs that made me want to keep writing and making stuff, that I put on repeat a million times, that I sang for hours out loud in the flat on my own, that I’m still not tired of. The songs that mattered the most to me. They’re not in any order because it feels like ranking my children.
Noah Hafford – That Way
OK, I know I said these weren’t in any order but this is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard full stop, let alone this year, and I’m starting the list with it for a reason. Noah showed up in my suggested links on Soundcloud over the summer, and I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a song with such UTTER DISTILLED FUN concentrated into it. I want this song at number one in the charts. I want it played by every DJ alive.
I genuinely, out-loud squealed the first time I heard the synth solo at 2:54. Everything I’ve ever wanted in a pop song.
I’m not very good at staying up to date with this, am I? Please do like me on Facebook if you want to make absolutely sure you’re not missing shows, since I seem to be better at updating them there than on the live page here. I’m trying to stay organised but I am only one person :)
Home has had some lovely press, being shared by the likes of Teenage Engineering (my favourite synth company in the whole world) and Beautiful Freaks, who did a lovely First Listen premiere for it alongside a slightly embarrassing and very long interview. On Monday just gone I supported Laetitia Sadier and Giorgio Tuma, to a very warm reception, which was wonderful – thanks so much if you came.
Tonight I’m playing the Music Against Bruises Fundraiser for Solace Women’s Aid at DIY Space for London, alongside Dream Nails, ¡Ay Carmela! and Party Traitor. Solace do incredibly valuable work for abuse survivors in London, and I’m beyond grateful to be able to do something useful for them, especially at the moment when everything feels utterly messed up for women and other vulnerable people in the UK (and everywhere else). I’d love it if you could come and dance and sing and cry and drink coffee-cola-lemonade at the bar with me. Please consider wearing black as a mark of respect.
The Home EP is out! It features versions of three of my songs in the style of old-school 8-bit video game music, and a Mountain Goats cover. You can get it either digitally or on a USB drive here.
The USB edition includes a papercraft model of me(!), some desktop and phone wallpapers, and a mini-game, which you can also play online here.
This EP was intended as something a little different. It features two old songs, a new song, and a cover, all arranged in the style of old-school video game music, or chiptune. I have a real soft spot for old games and their soundtracks; I remember playing through Kirby’s Dreamland, Super Mario Land and Ducktales (of all things) on my old brick-style Game Boy as a kid, listening to the music and wondering how they did it, thinking, ‘I wish I could do that!’. Well, now I have, sort of.
The Home EP was created entirely in my front room in Clapton and is a homage to both the digital and analogue things that make you feel like you belong somewhere. I hope you enjoy it.
Firstly I am SO SORRY I didn’t post this before since it’s been out a few weeks. But I’ve released a single, Without Borders, in aid of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, an independent legal advice organisation who work in aid of justice in immigration and nationality. They receive no government funding, do very important work, and all the money I make from this single will go to them. The A-side, European Summer, is very much a summery chillwave-type song, albeit with lyrics which are entirely me being sad about Brexit. So. Political chillwave. It’s a thing now. I made it a thing. I have also included my version of Squarepusher’s MIDI Sans Frontieres as a B-side of sorts.
I’m also playing a couple of shows next month: on the 16th of September for Outsider Pop at the Gunners in London, with All-American Girl and Picturebox; and on the 17th of September at the Chameleon in Nottingham, with Kid Canaveral and Pete Green. I’ll have Moon Maps and Staying Still with me at both, but Without Borders is download-only.
I’ve also joined YouTube. I’ve no idea what I’ll do there yet, but maybe something, so subscribe if you like!
If you’re at the London Indie Label Market in Spitalfields today you can pick up Moon Maps/Hush Me from the WIAIWYA stall and Staying Still from the Gare Du Nord stall.
ALSO at the Gare Du Nord stall is a free badge with a link to a compilation featuring several of my label comrades and an exclusive Brexit-themed chillwave song I have written for the occasion about which I am not remotely sorry.
It feels like the wrong time to be posting anything here, but I suspect that feeling will continue for some time to come, so it is what it is.
I’ve got an EP, Staying Still, coming out on the 8th of July, cassette and digital, on Gare Du Nord Records. It was written last summer and feels like it’s been a long time coming. I’m very, very excited and you can pre-order it from my bandcamp. As always it will also be available on iTunes – buying directly from artists works out better value for both you and me, but it’s up to you.
Take care of each other, love fiercely, hold on to what’s good.