Mothers are an indie-folk-rock four piece from Athens,GA who have been making waves in the online and printed music press as well as on mainstream radio stations. Their debut long-player When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired explores the big questions: what is our value, what is our place in the universe, mortality and how these questions affect our relationships. The music is, in places, gorgeous, elegant and spacious, whilst in others elements of post rock and math rock are introduced. Vinyl LP and CD on Wichita.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 24 February 2016
I’m moving house so I can listen to this record. I need a windowsill; I need a window that makes the rain look good. I need houseplants and a real good sofa. Until then Mothers’ delicate, home-made confessions are gonna be missing a sense of place, especially from the vantage point of our hallowed but hollowed industrial office. ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ is a front-to-back gorgeous record of howling strings, plumbed piano chords, wonderingly solem guitar riffs and one of the year’s most unflinching vocal performances.
People are gonna compare Kristine Leschper’s vocal to Angel Olsen’s, and fine -- y’all are playing the Six Degrees of Indie Rawk Separation game well. Leschper is a unique singer, though: she micromanages the dramatics of these songs perfectly, restraining what feels like a totally cathartic performance on “Too Small For The Eyes” so not to put all of the record’s feelings into one moment. She holds back on “It Hurts Until it Doesn’t” to let the guitars wind over and out, coming in on choice moments with a voice that shifts up the pitches for milliseconds at a time.
This record is arriving just before winter gets snapped up by Spring’s transfer window; a wise maneuver. These songs speak to the outdoors from home, with gorgeous, opaque guitar lines that feel as pastoral as they are homely (check the wonderfully sparse “Nesting Behaviour”, a piece accompanied only by strings, as if opening up some light onto a ‘Grace’ cut. Lest we forget that Mothers are an indie rock band, though, so if you want the full set up, you’ve got slow-burners like “Lockjaw” and King Krule melancholy in “Blood-letting”. Mainly though, this record sounds like Mothers, who sound like their first album, which is this one.
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