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the second mothers album was always going to be a sonic departure from the first. the songs contained on the band’s 2016 debut when you walk a long distance you are tired were largely culled from kristine leschper’s solo work that existed under the same moniker; the non-album single “no crying in baseball,” recorded after the album and arriving before it, already signaled the quartet’s tilt away from spectral folk and more towards the intricate polyrhythms that accentuated leschper’s song structures on when you walk.
render another ugly method, mothers’ eagerly-anticipated sophomore follow-up, seemingly continues to indulge in those intricacies, at least if its lead single, “blame kit,” is any indication. essentially a sequence of miniatures, leschper and company meander through tempi and time signatures before slowing their enduring waltz down to a plodding pace, angular guitar arpeggios and percussive interjections providing movement around a languid lead vocal. mothers has always demanded a certain level of attention in their music, but “blame kit” elevates the active listening expectations to another plane, one where repeated visits routinely reward its audience.
render another ugly method arrives september 7th via ANTI-. listen to “blame kit” below.
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angeliki and serafim tsotsonis craft intimate snippets of expansive, dreamy pop in their respective home studios in greece; the sister-brother duo carefully piece these fragments together and offer up the final results under the moniker ocean hope. a 2015 extended play, chamber dreams, suggested contentment with the secluded, a quiet exploration of their aesthetic’s intricacies, but upon further review this approach seems to be a mere foundation, the duo’s ceiling still far out of sight.
later this month, ocean hope will release rolling days, their first full-length effort. its ten tracks burst wide open with a technicolor aural palette, thick analog synthesizers and prominent lead vocals filtered through its kaleidoscopic lens. earlier singles “devotion” and “my baby” are a testament to this newfound boldness, a tendency that certainly extends to the album’s third offering, “holy bound.”
“holy bound,” with its familial lyrical tinge, is a capsule of the nostalgic escape ocean hope provide throughout rolling days, seasick guitars stumbling into a cascading synth melody while angeliki’s vocals resonate throughout. paired with a robust bass line and a contemplative saxophone outro, “holy bound” is saturated but not overflowing, a bounty of textures that continue to reveal new facets of themselves upon repeated listens.
rolling days is due out may 25th via the ever-reliable folks at hush hush records. listen to “holy bound,” premiering here on the dimestore, below.
if you haven’t heard already, sarah p. stepped away from her vocal duties in keep shelly in athens over the weekend, citing a desire to pursue other projects. it’s a bummer of a piece of news to hear, and something sarah gave no indication of in her interview with dimestore saints last year, but there is a bittersweet silver lining. in honor of her departure, keep shelly in athens has offered up “old time glory,” a new/old track, to stream and download via soundcloud. you can check that out below.
keep shelly in athens will soldier on. the band announced that they will continue with a new lead singer and guest collaborations, and that a new album can be expected later this year. but for now, let’s take a moment and remember what a critical factor sarah p. was in establishing the band’s early success.