11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The four founding members of Other Lives originally came together in 2004 as an instrumentals-only project called Kunek. While they’ve added vocals since reforming as Other Lives, they still take a cinematic and orchestral approach to their music. In their sonic universe, cello, violin, bassoon, bass clarinet, and French horn play subtle yet significant roles, intricate drumming and percussion guide the songs along confidently, and guitars and piano provide structural support to the melodies. Jesse Tabish’s plaintive voice fits the gorgeous arrangements and delicate dynamics perfectly to create a palpable feeling of melancholy and mystery. Tracks like “As I Lay My Head Down” and “Tamer Animals” come across as mini-epics unto themselves, “Dust Bowl III” vividly conjures up a sense of place (appropriate to the song the band is based in Oklahoma), and the instrumental “Heading East” closes the album on a dreamy note. Rich and graceful from start to finish, Tamer Animals travels a dramatic arc that makes each song a necessary part of the whole. A powerful, slow-burning piece of work that grows richer with each listen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The four founding members of Other Lives originally came together in 2004 as an instrumentals-only project called Kunek. While they’ve added vocals since reforming as Other Lives, they still take a cinematic and orchestral approach to their music. In their sonic universe, cello, violin, bassoon, bass clarinet, and French horn play subtle yet significant roles, intricate drumming and percussion guide the songs along confidently, and guitars and piano provide structural support to the melodies. Jesse Tabish’s plaintive voice fits the gorgeous arrangements and delicate dynamics perfectly to create a palpable feeling of melancholy and mystery. Tracks like “As I Lay My Head Down” and “Tamer Animals” come across as mini-epics unto themselves, “Dust Bowl III” vividly conjures up a sense of place (appropriate to the song the band is based in Oklahoma), and the instrumental “Heading East” closes the album on a dreamy note. Rich and graceful from start to finish, Tamer Animals travels a dramatic arc that makes each song a necessary part of the whole. A powerful, slow-burning piece of work that grows richer with each listen.

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About Other Lives

American indie pop outfit Other Lives formed as an instrumental project in 2004 under the name Kunek. Based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kunek (who eventually added vocals to the mix) released one album (Flight of the Flynns) for Play Tyme Records in 2006 before making the transition to the similarly themed Other Lives. The group's eponymous debut album was produced and recorded by drummer/engineer Joey Waronker (Walt Mink, Beck, R.E.M.) and released in late 2008. After getting a boost by having songs appear on Grey's Anatomy, the band released its second album, Tamer Animals, in May of 2011 for TBD Records. Other Lives gained additional attention in 2012, opening for one leg of an American tour by Radiohead and also appearing at the Coachella Festival. An EP, Mind the Gap, appeared later that year, and the band prepared its second album, Rituals, for a 2015 release. ~ James Christopher Monger

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