Oklahoma trio Other Lives release new album Rituals next Monday (4 May) – it's reviewed in our new issue, Q347 out tomorrow (28 April). Q is not only streaming the record in full before its release, the band's Jesse Tabish has written us his personal guide to the album.
Every now and then we find ourselves questioning the effect of modern comforts in our lives, but more often than not we go about our lives unaware. In this song a single line is repeated in an almost desperate attempt to never forget, even though we likely will. Like much of the record, musically we wanted to create our interpretation of modernity without being too literal by using a lot of electronic elements.
The most common subject of this record is the struggle between our primal nature and the rational in our daily modern lives, and the many rituals that arise from that struggle whether innate or chosen. Pattern is about a specific life experience where rationality was completely ignored resulting in deep regret. Pattern was one of the first songs we recorded in 2 year recording process, and one of the few that we didn't have to rerecord over and over again.
One of the many songs on this record about the battle between rational and emotional influences we're all susceptible to. Drum track by the one and only Joey Waronker.
We had to sneak this song into the record at the very last minute. It was written in the last few weeks of the recording process, so we stayed up late and tracked pretty much the whole thing in one night, making it by far the fastest production on the record, as opposed to the 4-6 weeks per song on the others.
Beat Primal is a song about the struggle to overcome (beat) innate primal tendencies we all encounter on a daily basis. The song follows a winding path of optimism and doubt in terms of which side might win out on any given day. Beat Primal is not only about struggle, it was the song we struggled with the most on this record. We recorded it 4 times over almost a 2 year period before we felt like we had it right.
One of the main musical aspirations for us on this record was to merge song writing with classical music and which usually involves completely replacing any modern "band" elements of the song, even the instrument the song may have been written on, with orchestral instrumentation. This is one our our favorite examples of that process and actually one of our favorite songs we've ever had the pleasure of recording.
2 Pyramids explores the more literal meaning of ritual, and the common human desire to give supernatural meaning to ordinary objects, in the case of this song, 2 pyramids.
Need A Line
This is one of the more traditional songs we recorded on the record. Jesse wrote it on one of the many occasions we was wishing he could cut the umbilical cord that is his cell phone.
This song is about being in England and missing home* *any pessimism expressed in the song is in no way a reflection of our opinion of the country or its people, we were just missing home.
This one started out as a musical collage with images of chasing beams of light running through our heads after Jesse and I read Einstein's biography by Walter Isaacson.
It's not often Jesse writes a love song, but having met the love of his life and marrying her over the course of making this record, it seemed more than appropriate.
For the Last
We've always secretly wanted to be a rock and roll band. We decided to make that dream a reality with this one, or at least try.
It's not Magic
This is another song about the struggle between the rational and the primal. Though throughout the record we express validity to both sides, this song is written from the perspective of the rational side.
One of the 14 takes on the many rituals in our lives, whether mundane or obsessive, this song is a pretty simple one lyrically and one we would very appropriate to close the record.
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