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Stealing Sheep return with their third album "Big Wows", due for release April 2019 via Heavenly Recordings,from which first single "Jokin' Me" is lifted.
Big Wows is heavier, harder and weirder than Stealing Sheep's previous work. Bold neon pop songs with rave percussion, steelpans, dreamy segues and breathy experiments. The *fsszzt* sound of lemonade opens the album with a hyper-real sense of optimism that progressively reveals the cracks of dystopian irony amidst sugar-coated pop; held together by Emily Lansley's bass guitar, Luciana Mercer's drum kit, Rebecca Hawley's synths, and the trio's swooning steely vocal harmonies.
Stealing Sheep describe Big Wows as "a slow rush"; taking shape over a period of nearly three years spent working out exactly what they wanted it to be and creating an album that levitated their identities as individuals as well as merging them into one unit "We're each finding our own creative intuition," says Bex "and then we come together...and we back each other up" adds Lucy.
Just as the title suggests, Big Wows is both cynical and optimistic: dreaminess and pop dance rhythms are cut with eye rolling vocal styles inflected by heartfelt lyrical messages "We hit upon this conversational-style between the vocals and have alternating lead melodies. There's a sarcastic tone to some of the music but there is always a strong willfulness to incorporate honest integrity, which is hard to do but refreshing when it finally comes out."
Side one opens with a burst of shimmery synths as 'Show Love' and 'Back in Time' lead you heart first into the headier feels of lead track 'Jokin' Me' and upbeat bounce of 'Why haven't I?' following into the more progressive grooves for 'Girl' then fading out with the narcoleptic comforts of 'Just Dreaming'.
Side two digs deeper into a dreamworld, with the manias and hallucinations of 'Breathe' and 'True Colours' as well as the gorgeous disillusionment of the title track and ending with an unexpected tropical club banger 'Choose Like You'.
The songs began at home or in their studio at Liverpool's Invisible Wind Factory, laying down the main body of the tracks, then the band worked with various producers - including Marta Salogni (Bjork, MIA, Factory Floor), Andy Smith (Years & Years), Ash Workman (Christine & The Queens, Metronomy) and Joe Wills (video artist for Little Dragon) - as they've tried out different mixes and ideas to convey their messages.
They also teamed up with 8-bit video artist PSTL CSTL (Emily Garner) from Leeds, who created a Karaoke video series for the album; exploring Stealing Sheep's digital dimension and their shifting identities amidst changing cultural moods and millennial paraphernalia. "It's a crazy time and it's challenging navigating through it, but it's like 'whatever', bring on the BIG WOWS."
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