Deap Vally have shared their brand new hazy single, ‘Look Away’, which sees the band join forces with Jennylee from Warpaint.
The track is lifted from their brand new EP, Digital Dream, the first release under the Deap Vally moniker since their last full-length album in the form of 2016’s Femejism. They also teamed up in 2019 for a collaborative record with The Flaming Lips as Deap Lips. That record has given the pair a taste for collaboration with their four-track EP, which also features collaborations with Jamie Hince from The Kills, KT Tunstall and Soko.
It’s clear from listening to the EP and ‘Look Away’ that Deap Vally have expanded their sound over the last few years, they have toned things down, and the music they are concocting is breezier than ever. Whilst they undoubtedly still have that more vicious side in their arsenal, it’s refreshing to see them express that softer, more wistful side to Deap Vally that they’ve only ever provided glimpses of before this release.
A press release explains how the collaboration came about, revealing: “Julie [Edwards, drummer] has known jennylee since the early 2000s, when they met through friends at the Mustard Seed Cafe in Los Feliz, before either woman even played an instrument. Years later, Lindsey and jennylee bonded over a bonfire at a birthday celebration at Brody Dalle and Josh Homme’s house.”
The lyrics are hopeful, as Jennylee harmonises with the group to upliftingly sing: “Picture myself on a hill, Picture myself in LA, Picture myself all lost in a moment of dreams, And I’m going to be, In your arms, it’s a holiday, In your arms, it’s a holiday, In your arms, it’s a holiday, holiday.”
There’s something that feels necessary about ‘Look Away’ right now. The track alludes to a bright future, and Jennylee brings in a lighter dimension to the Deap Vally sound as she provides a smattering of that positive energy that exudes out of Warpaint’s work. If Deap Vally wants to create another collaborative record like their 2019 effort with Flaming Lips, the idea of a full-record of tracks with Jennylee is a mouth-watering prospect judging from ‘Look Away’.