HTRK announce demos and rarities album ‘Death Is A Dream’

A collection of recordings from the early stages of their latest album, last year's 'Rhinestones'

HTRK have announced ‘Death Is A Dream’, a collection of “demos, vignettes, and sketches” recorded in the earliest stages of their latest album, last year’s ‘Rhinestones’.

Among the 10 tracks included in the collection are a “Eurodance version” of ‘Kiss Kiss And Rhinestones’, a rehearsal take of ‘Gilbert And George’, and demos of ‘Reverse Déjà Vu’ and ‘Fast Friend’.

‘Death Is A Dream’ is set to arrive digitally this Friday (April 29). You can listen to two tracks – a “Cali Highway version” of ‘Rhinestones’ track ‘Valentina’, along with the collection’s title track – now, via Bandcamp:


‘Rhinestones’ arrived back in September of 2021. In a four-star reviewNME praised the duo for “distilling their sound to its essential components” by embracing folk and country influences, adding that the album “feels like a revelatory act of disclosure”.

“Unfolding across nine gossamer vignettes, ‘Rhinestones’ begs repeated – and ever closer – listening to relish the delicate brushstrokes now on full display,” concluded Doug Wallen.

Next month, on May 27, HTRK will play a show at the Sydney Opera House as part of this year’s Vivid Live line-up, marking the duo’s debut performance at the iconic venue. Tickets are on sale now.

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