Reader! Are you paying attention? Good. Before we begin, spend five minutes watching Plaitum’s excellent new video below, then we’ll discuss.
Told you it was good. Enlisting the help of their vogueing pals, London duo Plaitum dropped the moody visuals for their single “MYO” last week, giving us a further chance to get to know a band that is starting to make a name for themselves. The song itself combines twisted production with bold, sharp lyrics to create a five-minute example of electro-pop, that sounds as if it’s come from 2026, not 2016.
Plaitum is the creative pseudonym of childhood friends Abi Dersiley (vocals) and Matt Canham (production). The pair met in school in their hometown of Colchester, quickly bonding over a shared love of Massive Attack, Talking Heads and old horror films. They started uploading tunes to Soundcloud whilst they were still in school, attracting attention from Paul Epworth’s (Adele, Paul McCartney) Wolf Tone records (Glass Animals, Rosie Lowe) and inking their deal with them in early 2015.
With two EPs under their belt, last year’s self-titled release and ‘Jagwa’, released during the summer, Plaitum are slowly putting the pieces for the release of their debut album. From what we’ve heard so far, especially on the latter release, it could be something special. The band have a run of shows pencilled in with Phantogram this winter and will be playing as part of the line-up for The Great Escape Festival’s First Fifty showcase in November. Make sure you don’t miss them.