Q Magazine -“A smouldering blend of Edgar Allan Poe imagery,

David Lynch and Chris Isaak’s guitar twang.”

The Guardian – “Theirs is a misty, spectral sort of guitar ambience, a whispered, wistful duet from Chapman and Scattergood positing them as a new take on the Nancy & Lee – or Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – paradigm.”


Polly Scattergood and James Chapman (Maps) aka onDeadWaves have announced an exhibition of photographs at the legendary London cafĂ©, Mario’s, in Kentish Town, explaining “The idea behind the exhibition is to entwine art and music as when we wrote the album, imagery was a key part of our writing process.” 

Running from 9 May until the end of the month, the exhibition will collate photographs related to the album and exhibit them alongside a track from the album. So up until 20 May – the album release date – fans can come down for an exclusive preview of the album! Polly explains the choice of venue, “Mario’s Cafe has always been a special place. We rehearse in Camden every week and Mario’s is always a favourite place to go in the morning, after a gig or before rehearsals.”

onDeadWaves explain the concept, “The idea for the exhibition began when we realised how people consume art and music differently. Art still feels like it should be treasured, whereas music (especially online) feels like it is consumed and forgotten at such a fast pace. We just wanted to slow everything down a bit and blur the lines between art, music and life, allowing people to listen to a track on headphones and look at the art while relaxing in the café – with no pressure to click on the next image or scroll down.”

The album release – 20 May 2016 – will be followed by a free show at Birthdays in Dalston, on Tuesday 7 June.

Watch the album trailer here: https://youtu.be/BYygVwULYQI

Listen to a brand new track, California, here: https://youtu.be/1jZqlJjXK4Y


onDeadWaves is out on CD, digital and as a limited edition vinyl which comes with a signed art print.

The seeds of James Chapman and Polly Scattergood’s creative partnership were sown in 2011, at Mute’s legendary Short Circuit festival at London’s Roundhouse. The night saw different collaborations with Mute artists and Polly and James paired up to perform each other’s songs.

Though each had primarily worked alone before, there was something natural about the chemistry between them. “The gig was one of the most enjoyable I’ve done “ says Polly. “And as soon as we finished, we said it’d be cool to do something else.”

The pair reconvened at James’ studio in the countryside and, starved of social contact, found the landscape provided inspiration. Launch track Blackbird, Lauren Laverne’s MPFree pick on announcement, was inspired by a frequent, feathered visitor. Listen to Blackbird here, described by Q as “… a world of smeared mascara and trailer-park heartache.” and by The Times as a “Languorous Balearic ballad with sullenly gorgeous vocals” - https://youtu.be/ZS6fiOVGk80

Blue Inside followed and garnered airplay from the likes of Lauren Laverne and Janice Long, listen to the track here: https://youtu.be/WQROMzqtgbY

onDeadWaves have been sharing mixes of tracks, charting a few of their favourite things right now. Follow their mixtapes here: https://soundcloud.com/ondeadwaves

Pre-order the album here:

Digital - http://smarturl.it/ODWAlbumDigital

CD - http://smarturl.it/ODWAlbumCD

Vinyl - http://smarturl.it/ODWAlbumVinyl

Mario’s Café

6 Kelly Street

London NW1 8PH

Monday – Saturday – 7.30am-4pm