Scottish electronic duo Post Coal Prom Queen release a new single, Salt, from their debut EP.
Lily Higham and Gordon Johnstone will release the PCPQ EP in April 2021. The pair were the prolific songwriting force behind L-space who released three albums between 2018 and 2020.
Using their L-space experience, Lily and Gordon have developed a different sound for PCPQ blending organic textures, retro-futuristic synths, and mechanical beats. They’ve added a pop sensibility that is designed to fuse together with Lily’s distinctive vocals.
The duo had a busy 2020 releasing singles, including You Wouldn’t Download A Car, as well as two collaborations with Japanese band Macaroom before setting out to record their debut EP. They say the EP is a collection of immersive alt-pop tracks blending classic synth-pop arrangements with ethereal vocals and imagery-laden lyrics.
Salt finds Lily ruminating on a feeling of creeping environmental anxiety, and how we live a looming, or contemporary crisis that feels unassailable and ever-encroaching.
“Every day that we measure it,
The water rises into my bedroom,
Every day that we measure it,
The streets they disappear
Salt’s prescient message is delivered with soothing, thoughtfully textured vocals, Trip-Hop influenced beats, and pulsing synths.
Before the EP’s release, the band will be sharing an exciting new live performance filmed in Scotland’s National Museum of Flight and released as part of the Edinburgh-based Arts festival Hidden Door. The museum is home to Scotland’s only supersonic Concorde, and the duo will be performing in front of the iconic plane making them the first non-classical artists to do so.
To continue their collaboration with Hidden Door, PCPQ will be broadcasting a number of discussions on ‘how people in the arts can work towards a utopian society’ in the run-up to the Museum of Flight performance.
Post Coal Prom Queen are currently working on their debut album and preparing for live shows when restrictions are lifted.
Words by Paul Clarke, you can see his author profile here.