Mary Epworth’s much-anticipated second album, Elytral, is released on 1st September. The first single from the new album, ‘Me Swimming’, has been enjoying a great deal of radio play and is a high-pop moment on a record that leans more to the dark and experimental. Recently named by Sunday Times Culture as their Hottest Track, they said of ‘Me Swimming’ “Shades of Visage and Stereolab here – a radical gearshift”.
Elytral sees Mary arriving with greater ferocity and a letting loose of her darker instincts through grinding, splintered soundscapes, electronic experimentalism, prog, psychedelia, free-jazz and more.
Debut album, Dream Life, saw much praise from press and radio, and lead to four singles playlisted at BBC 6 Music, ‘Black Doe’ picked as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World, and Mary and her band performing sold-out headline shows and playing many festivals. Mary’s career has also taken an unexpected detour with the hit US podcast Welcome to Night Vale and its dystopian psychological-horror spin-off Within the Wires. She composed the music for the latter and joined the Night Vale team on their hugely successful live tours across the US and Europe.
For Mary Epworth, the creation of a new album has been about innovation and experimentation, as well as a steadfast refusal to dilute her ideas. Elytral marks the start of a new phase – bold and overflowing with possibility.