Gothic pop band Jape released ‘Seance of Light’ on January 12th, the second single to be taken from their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘This Chemical Sea’.
The new track is Jape’s follow-up to ‘The Heart’s Desire’, the Peaking Lights remix of which premiered on The Line of Best Fit and was played on BBC Radio 1 by Huw Stephens.
The album opener, ‘Seance of Light’ is a delectable slice of pop majesty. The track has a true sense of immediacy, kicking straight into gear with a funky bass groove, fetching synthesizers and an alluring beat. The prolific Richard Egan hums and croons captivating melodies as the track frolics to a dizzying crescendo, giving it an intensity that is sure to make it a live favourite in the not so distant future.
After an extensive Australian and European tour, Egan relocated to Malmo, Sweden in 2012, where ‘Seance of Light’ was written and recorded. It is the first Jape record that Egan has not had full creative control over, asking for feedback and input from fellow band member Glenn Keating, something he feels ‘was inspiring and helped me to push myself so much harder.’
With the mixing left in the capable hands of the extraordinarily talented David Wrench who was behind the mixing of the FKA Twigs, Caribou and Jungle records earlier this year. Egan asserts ‘he was probably one of the few people in the world I would have trusted to mix because this record means so much to me.’
Having won the Choice Music Award for best Irish album twice (the only band to have done so in the history of the award), the strength of Jape’s first two singles to be taken from ‘This Chemical Sea’ certainly leaves the group as likely contenders to pick up the prize for a staggering third time – watch this space.
EU - UK Tour Dates
Jan 28 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Lilla Hotellbaren
Feb 13 - Norrköping, Sweden @ Where´s The Music
Feb 14 - Berlin, Germany @ Karrera Club
Feb 15 - Paris, France @ Festival a Nous Paris Fireworks
Feb 16 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Feb 19 - Dublin, Ireland @ Academy Dublin
Feb 20 - Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
Feb 21 - Limerick, Ireland @ The Kasbah
Feb 22 - Cork, Ireland @ Cyprus Avenue
Feb 23 - Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Feb 25 - London, UK @ Electrowerkz
Feb 26 - Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Mar 6 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz