New York quintet Ex Cops have announced their debut full-length album, True Hallucinations, will be made available on January 22 via Other Music Recording Co. and made the first single off the record, "James," available to stream via SPIN.com and download via Soundcloud. Formed in 2011 by Brian Harding (ex-Hymns) and Amalie Bruun (ex-Minks), the duo self-released a short-run, homespun CD-EP of hazy, lo-fi recordings featuring Harding's opaque bedroom-pop songwriting juxtaposed with the duo's sun-kissed harmonies. Two of the tracks, "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" b/w "The Millionaire," were soon released to the world on vinyl as the premiere release from Other Music Recording Co. and the pair continued to write new songs while simultaneously playing more live shows, now working as a proper five-piece rock band with the addition of good friends Kai Kennedy, Leif Huckman and Sam Bair.
Keeping a handful of Ex Cops' early sessions in place, the newly expanded lineup took to the studio to record True Hallucinations with John Siket (Blonde Redhead, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, etc.) sitting in the production chair. The resulting album is a mind-altering pop pill that maintains the intimate mood of the original group's sound, but now presented in widescreen Technicolor.
1. "S&HSXX (Intro)"
4. "You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb"
6. "Spring Break (Birthday Song)"
7. "Jazz & Information"
8. "The Millionaire"
9. "Billy Pressly"
10. "Nico Beast"
11. "Broken Chinese Chairz"more