mp3: other lives
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

  • Posted by: Siobhan Fludder

After wrapping up a set of shows with The National, Oklahoma band Other Lives are finally ready to release their carefully complied sophomore full length, Tamer Animals, due out on May 10th. The tour continues this weekend with the Decemberists, and then heads west with S. Carey and back through the country in June with The Rosebuds. As a teaser for the release, we have three new track streams for you from Tamer Animals, one of which is also available as a download.

Making a conscious effort to maintain a genuinely homegrown connection to the kind of music that they value, Other Lives decided to devote the entire construction of Tamer Animals within their own studio in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The final product was then mixed by Beck drummer Joey Waronker, who also produced their debut album. Rather than agonizing over writing sessions for one hook or explosion of sound to guarantee a hit single, Other Lives explored the creation of music that they feel impacts them on a larger scale. They wanted to produce an album that engaged an experience from start to finish by demonstrating an immeasurable devotion to the power of perfected melodies, a task that they appear to have achieved.

The cohesion of the piano intro and rhythmic accompaniment in the title track (which can be heard below) captures the ease with which Other Lives can captivate your senses. There is a vaguely haunting presence to the sound, but one that acts with an immersive beauty rather than unwelcome intrusion. A calmer, yet just as touching number, "Dustbowl III" allows acoustic guitars to take the stage for this installment of contemplation. In this tune, as well as the downloadable feature "For 12", there is a hint of their Oklahoma roots, favoring a layer of bluegrass to complement the minor key inflections from the piano.

Check out the tracks below and download "For 12" to get a taste of what is to come for the May 10th release of Tamer Animals, and be sure to browse the listed tour dates as well.




4/29/11 - (House of Blues) Dallas, TX w/ The Decemberists
4/30/11 - (Stubbs Waller Creek) Austin, TX w/ The Decemberists
5/12/11 - (High Noon Saloon) Madison, WI w/ S. Carey
5/13/11 - (The Mill) Iowa City, IA w/ S. Carey
5/14/11 - (Slowdown Jr.) Omaha, NE w/ S. Carey
5/15/11 - (The Record Bar) Kansas City, MO w/ S. Carey
5/16/11 - (Hi-Dive) Denver, CO w/ S. Carey
5/18/11 - (Club Congress) Tucson, AZ w/ S. Carey
5/19/11 - (Soda Bar) San Diego, CA w/ S. Carey
5/20/11 - (Velvet Jones) Santa Barbara, CA w/ S. Carey
5/21/11 - (The Satellite) Los Angeles, CA w/ S. Carey
5/22/11 - (Henry Miller Library) Big Sur, CA w/ S. Carey
5/24/11 - (Caf Du Nord) San Francisco, CA w/ S. Carey
5/25/11 - (Sophias Thai Kitchen) Davis, CA w/ S. Carey
5/26/11 - (Doug Fir Lounge) Portland, OR w/ S. Carey
5/27/11 - (Panadaland) Bellingham, WA w/ S. Carey
5/29/11 - (Sasquatch Music Festival) Quincy, WA (festival)
5/30/11 - (The Badlander) Missoula, MN w/ S. Carey
6/03/11 - (Mojo's) Columbia, Missouri Headline Show
6/06/11 - (Brighton Music Hal) Allston, Massachusetts Headline Show
6/07/11 - (Mercury Lounge) New York, New York Headline Show
6/09/11 - (Kung Fu Necktie) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Headline Show
6/10/11 - (The Red Palace) Washington, D.C. Headline Show
6/15/11 - (Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall) Asheville, NC w/ The Rosebuds
6/16/11 - (The Earl) Atlanta, GA w/ The Rosebuds
6/17/11 - (Proud Larrys) Oxford, MS w/ The Rosebuds
6/18/11 - (Bottletree) Birmingham, AL w/ The Rosebuds
6/19/11 - (Stickyz Chicken Shack) Little Rock, AR w/ The Rosebuds
6/21/11 - (Spanish Moon) Baton Rouge, LA w/ The Rosebuds
6/23/11 - (Club DaDa) Dallas, TX w/ The Rosebuds
6/24/11 - (The Parish) Austin, TX w/ The Rosebuds
6/25/11 - (Fitzgeralds Downstairs) Houston, TX w/ The Rosebuds
6/28/11 - (Santa Fe Brewing Company) Santa Fe, NM w/ The Rosebuds
7/02/11 - (Cellar Door) Visalia, CA w/ The Rosebuds
7/09/11 - (The Tractor Tavern) Seattle, WA w/ The Rosebuds
7/12/11 - (Media Club) Vancouver, Canada w/ The Rosebuds
7/14/11 - The Neurolux - Boise, ID w/ The Rosebuds
7/15/11 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ The Rosebuds
7/19/11 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN w/ The Rosebuds
7/22/11 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, Illinois Headline Show
7/23/11 - ROZZ-TOX - Rock Island, Illinois Headline Show

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MP3: "For 12"

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