Premiere: Wax Stag – Sparkling River

Sweet, sparkling electronica from an artist we haven't heard from for a good few years.


Wax Stag is the alias of St. Albans artist Rob Lee. Those with good memories might know the name – he put out a self-titled album back in 2008, an album of charming, melodious electronic music that made some sense next to what artists like Metronomy, Hot Chip, Envelopes, and Bibio were doing at the time. (Dummy launched as a website in 2009 – if we'd started a year earlier, we'd have probably raved about it.)

2008 was a while ago, but Lee hasn't just been doing nothing for six years: he's been playing full-time in the international touring lineup for bands like Friendly Fires, White Lies, and Clark – here's good guy FaltyDL talking about how he met Lee via the Friendly Fires connection.

Wax Stag is preparing a new album for release next year, and one of the songs you're likely to hear on it is Sparkling River, which is just as sparkling as its name suggests, favouring musicality and simplicity of sound design over loudness and bombast. We're happy to hear that he's back!