forth wanderers – “know better”

– featured image courtesy of grace rossi-conaway –

forth wanderers have an unassuming charm and such a degree of relatability that it remains little wonder why their music has already spread to millions of people.  the members of the montclair, new jersey quintet are gearing up for a november 11th release of their latest ep, slop, via the label tag-team of house anxiety / marathon artists across the pond and the inimitable father/daughter records stateside; after dangling the ep’s title track in front of listeners in august, forth wanderers return today with a second single, “know better.”

again built around the tandem of ava trilling’s voice and ben guteri’s guitar, “know better” is an angular cut laden with catchy hooks to help mask the pain and confusion that accompanies past mistakes, along with any residual fallout.  trilling’s lead vocal is particularly biting in certain instances, perhaps no more so than when she deliver’s the song’s mantra: “i can’t be this naïve anymore.”  like other forth wanderers material, this song’s combination of immediacy and poignancy is striking; take a listen to “know better” below.

forth wanderers – “slop”

– featured image courtesy of grace rossi-conaway –

a quintet of pals from montclair, new jersey make music together as forth wanderers, a homegrown affair that blossomed easily from bedroom to stage thanks to an unexpectedly strong and rewarding songwriting partnership.  ava trilling and ben guteri laid the foundation that 2013’s mahogany ep was built atop of and continued construction on the band’s debut full-length, tough love, the following year.  now, forth wanderers have regrouped for slop, a new ep due november 11th via house anxiety and father/daughter records.

the four-song collection ebbs and flows sonically – as most eps are wont to do – but the ear gravitates towards trilling’s lyrics, which navigate the spectra of optimism and gloom with equal aplomb.  trilling gives a masterclass in the latter category on the ep’s title track; “slop” sways easily in compound meter, a guitar lead tracing each pair of triplets as trilling turns in poignant lines like “i dreamt last night you were mouthing my name / under blue skies” that underscore the track’s heartbreaking mantra: “i love too much / to hurt this bad.”

a sobering dose of auditory medicine to start the week, indeed.  listen to “slop” below.