Deap Vally, the Los Angeles-based duo comprising Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, today celebrate the release of their brilliant American Cockroach EP, by revealing the video for their current, 6 Music-playlisted single, I Like Crime, feat. Jennie Vee (Eagles of Death Metal). The video was directed by Amber Navarro, shot on 16mm film, and features Troy, Edwards and Vee in varying degrees of imperilment.
Says Navarro of the clip, “I really wanted to create a mash up of all the true crime tv we’ve all grown up watching and currently obsess over, thanks to more modern shows, reruns, and reboots (20/20, Unsolved Mysteries, Nightline, TruTV etc.) we all watch today. The video for ‘I Like Crime’ is like some sort of sick, twisted love letter to these shows.”
TheAmerican CockroachEP follows Deap Vally’s recent Digital Dream EP and continues a tradition of collaborations between Deap Vally and other artists that began with their 2020 album collaboration with Flaming Lips as Deap Lips. The EP was co-produced by the band with Josiah Mazzaschi (Jesus & Mary Chain, Idles) at The Cave Studio, Los Angeles. As well as the song with Jennie Vee, the EP also includes a collaboration with Ayse Hassan (Savages).
Deap Vally explain that the EP is, “a collection of songs we’ve been working on for a while that run the gamut from deeply personal, to outright satire and everything in between. These are songs for the underdog, the outlaw, the defeated, for days when you feel like no one understands you or you can’t do anything right.”
Troy and Edwards have always relished the challenge of working within the limitations of being a two-piece, but after two records (Sistrionix, 2012 and Femejism, produced by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 2016) and years of touring as a duo, they felt an urge to reinvent their writing and recording process, and sought collaborators to break the tie and allow for an organic, majority-rules creative process. They released the Deap Lips collaboration with Flaming Lips in 2020, and worked on songs for the recent Digital Dream EP with jennylee (Warpaint), KT Tunstall and Peaches, Soko and Jamie Hince (The Kills). Finally addressing the eternal question, “Will you ever add a third member?”, they decided it would be more of a creative adventure to collaborate with a bunch of different artist friends rather than commit to one.
The result is a true creative renaissance for the duo, more liberating than they could ever have imagined.
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