IDER – shame | Reviews
Two years have passed since IDER made their debut with ‘Emotional Education’. While plans to move to Berlin to write a follow-up were halted by the pandemic, the duo have channelled a sense of self-ownership from leaving their label into creating a project that exudes confidence: ‘shame’ is an affirmation of embracing vulnerability and celebrating imperfection. The ‘third member’ – Lily Somerville and Megan Marwick’s harmonies – makes a welcome return, but there’s an additional edginess. Inspired by Berlin, ‘Cross Yourself’ shows off their production skills, channelling rumbling basslines and lo-fi screeches into the group’s synth-pop. Elsewhere, ‘Knocked Up’ is a striking image of dissonance, as the duo chant “We can all make peace with ourselves with enough love, but there’s so much wrapped up in the way that we were brought up.” IDER are back at what they do best, providing a glimmering sense of hope that we aren’t alone with our anxieties.