New artist of the week: IDER, pastoral pop laced with folk intimacy
London duo Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville twin lilting chords with vocal harmonies
IDER: pastoral and pop
What: Come together in sweet harmony
Why: The London-based duo of Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville have steadily grown their reputation with a series of singles and a debut EP since forming in early 2016. Bringing together folk intimacy, vocal harmonies that sound like whispered takes of London Grammar’s Hannah Reid with electronic-made textures, IDER’s music is at once pastoral and pop, sliding into the zeitgeist alongside Maggie Rogers.
On the 2017 Gut Me Like An Animal EP track Nevermind, the duo display some Jai Paul-esque wonky synth-pop tendencies and on their three million-streams-and-counting 2016 hit Pulse, there’s a lustful sweetness at play. Shura liked what she heard enough to produce one track from that release.
Since signing to Glassnote Records and playing Electric Picnic this summer, IDER’s two singles have jumped up a notch in the resonance stakes. Learn To Let Go is a song about self-acceptance that revels in the act of spinning carefree in a yellow dress while the newest song Body Love continues that theme by taking solace in heartbreak with lilting chords and two voices in unison.
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