Swedish Grammy Award-winning indie trio Deportees have today released sublime new single Time Is The Tiger. The melodic, propulsive track is the second single to be taken from their international debut EP Re-dreaming (out May 17) and follows lead single Bright Eyes ("a beautifully sketched song” Clash).
”Great music always harbors a promise of something more than simply enduring life,” says lead vocalist Peder Stenberg. “In its depiction of an attempted getaway – with time as the predator snapping at the heels – Time Is The Tiger is an ode to that promise”
While unknown here, Deportees have long been both a critical and commercial success back home. Their most recent album, 2015’s The Big Sleep (which featured Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear on two tracks) was awarded the Swedish Grammy for Best Rock Album, an award the band had also picked up for their previous long-player Islands & Shores. And now, not before time, the trio from Umeå (a remote city in the far north) are turning their attention to the UK.
The Big Sleep was an apocalyptic album, and it makes sense: darker times makes for darker music. But even though the world is still very much a terrifying place, with EP Re-Dreaming Deportees offer something wishful and emotionally engaging. They explain: “‘Re-dreaming’ is a loving assault on the feeling of a lost future. Not because it’s necessarily a false prophecy, but because it’s a dangerous one.”
Time Is The Tiger was produced by Måns Lundberg (Shout Out Louds, Ariel Pink), while other tracks on Re-dreaming were produced by Pontus Winnberg (from Miike Snow) and Johannes Berglund (The Radio Dept, Ane Brun, Fever Ray). Deportees recently unveiled a truly epic video for Bright Eyes which references films like ‘Interstellar’, ‘Gravity’ and ‘The Martian’. Watch here.
Over five distinctly different albums, Deportees have won plaudits, fans and awards for their constant creativity and reinvention. They managed to cop the ears of French pop royalty Phoenix, who drafted drummer Thomas to share his time between the two bands, and around the same time guitarist Anders was recruited to partner up with Lykke Li as touring band member. Two fruitful collaborations that have now lasted more than a decade and are still ongoing. While Anders and Thomas toured the world, lead singer Peder earned a doctor’s degree in Ethnology.
A new Deportees album will follow in the autumn.