Photo by Connor Fields
The latest from Mamalarky is an impossibly chill and laid back track that is still somehow oddly compelling. "It Hurts" sounds like an indie rock version of 70's AM radio easy listening. It has this intensity to it to go along with it's retro cool chic. Mamalarky add a certain groove to the song even if it's the most laid back groove you've ever heard. To compare this to a contemporary artist, this is like an even more laid back Faye Webster.
Livvy Bennett says of her band's new song:
"Writing about this song in this context feels extremely meta because the song itself picks at what it's like as a musician to essentially be careerizing your own experiences and emotions. It's pretty bizarre to put out shit that is so personal–like, when someone loves a sad song you wrote it's like...I'm sorry we've been down in the same way? Or, I'm glad you enjoy listening to something that was essentially an intervention that I needed to have, haha. "'It Hurts' is also a bit about the one-sided narrative of songwriters writing about their lives and relationships, for that to exist out there forever and to be consumed by people who only know the song. I'm always left wondering about the other side of the story when I hear those epic heartbreak songs, we'll just never know. "There's one line about being 'a poorly drawn caricature,' which is what it can feel like having any of your music deciphered by anyone. The goal is to draw a really moving, poignant portrait though and I feel closer to doing that with every song we put out."
You can watch the video for "It Hurts" below. Pocket Fantasy is due out September 30 on Fire Talk. For more on Mamalarky, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.