Monday, November 30, 2015

Mothers - "Too Small For Eyes"

Photo by Kristine Leschper
One of the most buzzed about bands at CMJ this past fall were Mothers, a Athens based 4 piece. They are set to release their debut album early in 2016, and you can listen to a track from it right now.

What's slightly odd is you tend to associate the term "buzz band" with something loud, boisterous, and in your face. Instead, Mothers are quite quiet. "Too Small For Eyes" might be too laid back for a coffee shop, but that's what makes it so great. The instrumentation is so sparse, you're forced to truly listen and focus on it. If you just let the song play in the background, you'd just hear a few plinks of strings here and there, instead of the lush soundscape designed by the band. Kristine Leschper's voice adds to this effect, since it's just so damn compelling you want to pay as close attention as you possibly can. I don't believe Mothers are Elephant Six related, but fans of Elephant Six (or Athens bands in general) will have plenty to like, with some small, quirky instrumentation effects, and how instruments seem to just stroll in when they have something to say.

When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired will be available on February 26 via Grand Jury Music. You can listen to "Too Small For Eyes" below. You can find more information about Mothers on their website and Facebook.

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