With last year’s promising True Hallucinations, New York’s Ex Cops offered a smart take on wistful and jangly indie pop. Today, the duo of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding have announced that record’s follow-up. Entitled Daggers, it was executive produced by Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and is due to hit stores on October 28th via Downtown Records.
In anticipation, they’ve also revealed the album’s lead single, “Black Soap”, a track which sees the two-piece trading in the jangle for more arena-ready atmospherics and bombastic hooks. Solidifying the band’s New York City status, it borrows from a hodgepodge of Big Apple’s music vets — there’s an Interpol-esque opening bass line, pop à la Debbie Harry, and Karen O-influenced vocals. Meanwhile, its ethereal aesthetic takes a few cues from the shoegaze genre. Overall, it’s a thrilling, sophisticated new direction for the band, and is more than enough to make Daggers a highly-anticipated fall release.
Listen in below (via Vogue):