BAND Ida Mae will release debut album Chasing Lights ahead of their appearance at the Larmer Tree festival.

Chris and Stephanie, who make up Ida Mae, will release their album on July 12 and perform at the Larmer Tree, on the Dorset and Wiltshire border, on Thursday, July 18.

Chasing Lights was recorded with guidance from legendary producer Ethan Johns (Ray LaMontagne, Laura Marling, Kings of Leon). The duo’s natural chemistry proved to be an ideal fit for Johns’ minimalist approach to production. “Ethan records live and very quickly,” explains Chris. “He loves the naïve discovery of early takes. It could be terrifying at times, but we always trusted his judgment.”

Blending elements of vintage Delta blues and gritty rock and roll with boldly modern arrangements and fearless punk swagger, Chasing Lights is said to capture Ida Mae in its purest form. From the pulsating Higher Than Light to the Beat poet-inspired My Girl Is A Heartbreak, Chasing Lights is said to be an impressive eclectic debut. Singing together, the couple have an unusual ‘which-is-which’ dynamic.