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Two People are elated to reveal their forthcoming debut offering First Body is fully formed and will be released on Friday 18 January. Today, the Melbourne duo share another cut ‘In The Garden’ and also announce their signing to Terrible Records – the Brooklyn-based label behind Solange, Moses Sumney, Empress Of, and Blood Orange.

Two People’s sound is guided by bold visual cues, DIY principles and an emphasis on the empty space between notes as much as the notes themselves, with ‘In The Garden’ a perfect example. Positioned as the second of nine tracks, it has one of the grittiest grooves on the album. Phoebe Lou’s voice sounds defiant as she details a relationship in which she was starved for space. “It’s about gaining my power back for the first time and the clumsiness in that”, she says.

Two People are currently on a double headline tour with LUCIANBLOMKAMP, with the opening show taking place at Melbourne’s Howler last weekend. Cloaked in red light and smoke, the Two People live show is quickly becoming an illustrious aspect of the project. Two People played live for the first time at Splendour In The Grass 2018 before performing one of the most talked about showcases at BIGSOUND – where they were spotted by Terrible Records and quickly signed to for North America.

“My love for Two People first manifested in Australia and after seeing them at Bigsound. It was one of the most tight knit, intricate, and emotionally involved live performances I’ve seen in years. The dedication Phoebe and Joey have to their craft is unrivalled – beyond anything I’ve interacted with in a long time. I’m honored to be working with them. Two People are the future – a progressive and self-aware act. I’m looking forward to building them in the United States” – Max Wortman, Terrible Records

‘In The Garden’ follows on from previous singles ‘Something To Talk About’ and ‘I’m Tied, To You’, which are receiving global attention, with spins on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6, and local adds to triple j and FBi. Two People are also featured in a deep collection of Apple Music and Spotify playlists, including Chill Vibes, which reaches over 900,000 followers.

First Body was self-recorded between 2016 – ’18 by Phoebe Lou and Joey Clough at their respective homes and their own 2P Studio 11 – a dilapidated old room in Fitzroy, which they renovated with love. “We didn’t focus on making it a recording studio” says Joey. “We just wanted to have a nice space. It’s almost the thing defined our album.” One of the few people invited into Two People’s insular musical world, was Scottish producer/engineer Rodaidh McDonald (King Krule, Sampha, The xx), who came on board to mix the lead single ‘I’m Tied, To You’ before offering to mix the album at XL Studios in London.

First Body is now available for pre-order on all digital platforms and 180gm vinyl.

‘In The Garden’ is out now through Terrible Records (Nth America) and Liberation Records (ROW).

 

First Body track listing:

  1. I’m Tied, To You
  2. In The Garden
  3. Look At Each Other
  4. Something To Talk About
  5. Phone Call
  6. Fading
  7. Give Me Order
  8. It’s Late
  9. If We Have Time (rework)

FIRST BODY IS OUT JANUARY 18 VIA TERRIBLE RECORDS / LIBERATION RECORDS

DIGITAL AND VINYL PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE HERE

 

Upcoming live dates:

November 17, Oxford Art Gallery, Sydney

November 30, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

 

‘Beautifully contemplative pop music’ – CLASH

‘Dreamy pop with a darker, layered edge’ – Indie Shuffle
‘Darkly shaded, exquisitely textured’ – Stereogum

‘An immersive experience’ – Purple Sneakers
‘Two People are not an act you should ignore’ – Happy
‘Two People are on the verge of greatness’ – AAA Backstage

 

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