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Porij have announced their much-anticipated debut album, Teething, set for release April 26th. Marking the announcement is their new single ‘My Only Love’, out today.

 

Porij are Egg (Scout Moore), Jacob Maguire, James Middleton and Nathan Carroll. The 4-piece, who have carved a niche at the forefront of Queer-led dance-pop, have also announced a string of UK and US tour dates, including their biggest London headline show to date at Electric Ballroom.

The new album is co-produced by the band and the legendary David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, Young Fathers). With warm-up slots for Metronomy, Coldplay and Friendly Fires alongside their own crowd-igniting shows –  Porij have been met with a landslide of attention.

 

The arrival of Teething invites you to take a leap beyond seeing dance music as a genre built from this type of kick or that type of snare, and instead as its own dimension: a place you can escape to.

Their new single ‘My Only Love’ is about the safety and comfort of a settled relationship, for better or worse. Egg’s voice is tender, like a familiar hand stroking your cheek, while the beat plunges into a cosmos of dream-like denial: “I don’t know if this will be my forever love but it’s my only love for now.”

 

It jolts against the boundaries of genre in a similar manner, as Porij describe it, to a DJ approaching a club set – fluid, playful and ever-changing. The accompanying video finds the band at their most tender and human – a striking development compared with their fun-filled visuals to date. 

 

Watch the music video for ‘My Only Love’ here:

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Porij have endured the sharp pains of self-discovery. Every raw nerve, every bloody scrape and sprain, have been necessary for that unavoidable thing we must grit our teeth and bare: growing up. Vocalist and keyboardist Scout Moore (Egg), bassist James Middleton, guitarist Jacob Maguire and drummer Nathan Carroll are armed with hard-won experience, strengthened bonds and a renewed sense of passion. Their debut album Teething is both a coming-of-age story and a bottling of the particular magic that is unmistakably – and definitively – Porij.

 

Rather than floating just beyond our reach on a digital cloud, Porij are a real band anchored to tangible sound. Following their success over the last 3 years, the band had awoken an appetite for something we didn’t realise we were so hungry for: a collision of between the worlds of indie-rock and dance music, weaving together the organic with the electronic to create something at once tender and transcendent.

I was walking around at really odd times in the very early morning writing lyrics

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Teething is an admission of vulnerability that is saved by its euphoric production which follows Egg faithfully like a spotlight, a companion in the dark. “In that time, I felt like I was really insular,” they reflect. “I was writing a lot of poetry day to day, and I’d just moved to a new flat. I knew we had this deadline, and I became slightly nocturnal, walking around at really odd times in the very early morning writing lyrics.”

 

Teething proves that change can cut deep, but the propulsion to keep moving is what saves you. Pre-order the album here:

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