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“Rave New World”: Confidence Man Announce Third Album ‘3AM (LA LA LA)’

The electropop band have marked their album announcement with a new single and a music video that needs to be seen to be believed

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Julian Buchan

Confidence Man have announced their third studio album, 3AM (LA LA LA).

Set for release this October, the album is, according to a press release, “Confidence Man 3.0, locked and loaded, and they’re building a rave new world, where the outfits are daringly small, the hairstyles outrageously large, and it’s always, always night.”

Confidence Man member Sugar Bones says 3AM (LA LA LA) is – unsurprisingly – the sound of the night. “It’s a fucked up sort of world… It’s 3am, it’s never not 3am, and we party all the time,” he says of the forthcoming album.

Arriving alongside the album announcement is new single “I CAN’T LOSE YOU”, which finds the delightfully deranged electropop band taking a naked helicopter ride over London in the music video (watch below).

3AM (LA LA LA) finds Sugar Bones, Janet Planet, Clarence McGuffie, and Reggie Goodchild exploring UK rave sounds of the ’90s and ’00s, from acid techno to trance, breakbeat to big beat.

“We wanted to dehumanise pop music and make it over the top and ridiculous again,” Planet says of their sonic mission. “We wanted to revisit those sounds and then add pop hooks and vocals to them. I feel like that hasn’t really been done before, besides The Prodigy.

Confidence Man even received a vote of confidence from a British acid house legend: Jimmy Cauty of the KLF.

“I don’t think he’d been to a gig in 25 years, and he came to see us at the Roundhouse in London,” Planet reveals. “he’s been mentoring us a bit ever since.” (Cauty even worked on a remix of the album’s closing title track.)

It’s fitting that Confidence Man fly over London in their new music video, because they wrote and recorded their new album at Pony Studios in the east of the city.

“We pretty much wrote every single song when we were wrecked,” Planet admits. “We’d get blasted and stay up till 9am coming up with music, but we noticed that 3am was the hottest time for when we were on it and the best ideas were coming out.”

Confidence Man’s previous album, 2022’s Tilt, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Release at that year’s ARIA Awards. Tilt also became the band’s highest-charting album to date, reaching #7 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Confidence Man’s “I CAN’T LOSE YOU” is out now. 3AM (LA LA LA) is out Friday, October 18th via I OH YOU (pre-save/pre-order here).