London art-pop band Stats release their new single Lose It today. The track is taken from their upcoming debut album Other People’s Lives which will be released through Memphis Industries on 22nd February.

Also announced today are the first batch of Stats shows for 2019, listed below with more to follow:

16th Feb – Rough Trade East, London – 1.30pm

17th April – Bermondsey  Social Club, London

27th April – Are You Listening Festival?, Reading

8th May – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow

9th May – YES (Basement), Manchester

New single Lose It is about the many temptations – and horrors – of disappearing: “I wanna lose it completely/I’ve got to give it up/I wanna lose it absolutely/Never to be seen again”. As the stuff of your life accumulates – possessions, responsibilities, data, relationships – you may experience (even just for a second) the overwhelming desire to vanish. Stats’ founder and front man Ed Seed elaborates:

“Life as story, as routine, as objects, as obligations – it piles up like laundry or landfill, sometimes it’s all just there to be lost. Do you fear loss or crave it? Are you a pusher or a jumper? Disappearance is seductive. Do you pony up for another gig in the cloud or do you just want to throw it all away? And how would you be sure it was really gone – where does it all go?

I love this song because it feels both heavy and flyaway at the same time. I cut and pasted it together from bits of a long live jam – it took about half an hour to assemble, one Sunday morning while my baby was napping. When he woke up I took him to the supermarket and on the way home I just started singing the tune – it came out exactly as it is, words and all. Later in the evening I whispered a first go at the vocal into my phone in the kitchen after he’d gone to bed.

Recorded at London’s prestigious RAK Studios, Seed and his full live band spent time tracking the live jams that would form the bones of Other People’s Lives. Ricocheting between 1970s art rock, 80s synth grooves and cosmic disco-pop, the band have already gained plaudits from Lauren Laverne at 6MusicElton JohnatBeats1 and high praise from The GuardianThe Sunday Times, i-DDIY Mag,and to name but a few early supporters. The aim at RAK was to ditch structure and embrace spontaneity. “This way you can capture the moment of inspiration,” Seed says. “The special energy of six people losing themselves in what they’re doing, and somehow synchronising into something none of them could have planned.” 

The sessions produced funk-tinged pieces of electronic-pop that now accompany Seed’s compelling storytelling of humanity, domesticity, routine, love, loss and new fatherhood. Other People’s Lives investigates the gaps in the stories we tell about our lives. Seed explains: “This album is about recognising that my life story is full of holes. The world encourages me to experience my life as a narrative: a story in which I am the lead character, going on a journey, moving towards the discovery and realisation of an authentic self. Other people’s lives are presented to me as coherent, relatable stories, full of passion and travel and wonder – but my own story makes no sense: it is full of contradictions and formless subplots, and I barely feel like the same actor from one day to the next, let alone find much meaning in it. I find meaning instead when I lose my Self, in the moments it dissolves into unity with those other people.”

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