Imagine if Radiohead had grown up amidst the backdrop of the vast, mercurial weather systems of Stillwater, Oklahoma instead of the banks of the Thames, and you've got a fairly good idea as to what to expect from the debut from Other Lives. Previously known as Kunek, who released one album under the moniker, 2006's Flight of the Flynns, Other Lives blend the moody chamber pop of Coldplay, the rural, gothic spookiness of Sixteen Horsepower, and wistful indie folk of Fleet Foxes into a heady brew of cinematic indie pop that's one part Odessey and Oracle and one part The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Brooding, pastoral, and hypnotic, standout tracks like "E Minor," "End of the Year," and "Paper Cities" feel like shadows, sneaking out through the speakers and struggling to take shape in the material world, resulting in a spooky, remarkably easy record to get lost in.
Other Lives Review
by James Christopher Monger