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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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An adventurous sound that seems to be inspired by The Moody Blues, Fleet Foxes, and Brian Eno. But the combination of influences isn't derivative; the result is a unique, engulfing experience.

Music at its best

Don’t know what the intent of this album was when these guys wrote it and weaved their songs with beautiful instrumentation …May be it was written with no intent at all and was left for everyone to experience and draw their own conclusions …everytime i hear this album it leaves me with a different interpretation and feeling ….. For what its worth , this is a musical masterpiece with new values you will derive everytime you give it a listen …. Great job and thank you for the music which serves it purpose.

I fell into my car,

on my way to work...and fell in desperate/aching love with the title track.



Formed: 2004 in Stillwater, OK

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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