Atlanta-based band share new single & video "It Hurts" from album ‘Pocket Fantasy’ out September 30th on Fire Talk.
Mamalarky share a second track and accompanying video taken from their forthcoming new album, ‘Pocket Fantasy’ which is set for release on September 30th through Fire Talk Records.
Following the album's debut single and ode to friendship "Mythical Bonds", today's new track "It Hurts" has a delicate, introspective warmth. It shows a softer side to the album in contrast to the angular melodies and off-kilter pop moments, with Livvy Bennett's plaintive vocal performance wrapped in a building whirl of keyboards.
"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."
Six months into the pandemic, three-fourths of art-rock band Mamalarky plunged into a new experiment and moved in together. Guitarist-vocalist Livvy Bennett and keyboardist Michael Hunter drove across the country, decamping from Los Angeles to bassist Noor Khan’s hometown, Atlanta. In September 2020, the trio rented a giant old house with vaulted ceilings, a tire swing, and a bare-bones little studio room. There, the band made its largely home-recorded new album.
The resulting album, ‘Pocket Fantasy’ is a perfect sunny-day record - imaginative and introspective, an enveloping listen of sky-high hooks and keyboards that soar with joyful abandon. Its twelve kaleidoscopic tracks shape-shift aesthetically and thematically, through ideas about death and impermanence; love and gratitude; nature and technology; humour and hope
“We were just living in the album for an entire year,”
Physically enmeshed in each other’s lives and processes in new ways, the trio connected more deeply around one another’s creative languages, honing in on their tight-knit group-logic. “We would work on it all day, and I would fall asleep with the songs in my head. It was really: eat, sleep, breathe, record music.” Drummer Dylan Hill remained based in the band’s hometown, Austin, collaborating through voice memos, and making regular trips to Georgia to record.
“It felt like I was stepping into another world,”
Hill says, of those fruitful visits.
Mamalarky formed in 2016, growing out of the house show scene in Austin, TX that surrounded their cooperative student housing. But their roots as friends run even deeper: Bennett and Hill met in middle school band, and they’ve played in bands with Hunter since high school. (Single, “You Know I Know,” nods to the big music dreams of their Texas upbringing.) When the band moved to LA after the release of their first record, they met Khan. ‘Pocket Fantasy’ follows their 2020 self-titled full-length debut, the 2018 EP Fundamental Thrive Hive, and support tours with Slow Pulp, Jerry Paper, and Ginger Root, among others. When they’re off the road, Mamalarky now jokingly calls itself “tri-coastal,” with Bennett and Hunter back in LA, Hill in Austin, and Khan in Atlanta.
The process of home recording helped crack open their collaborative approach. Constant tracking at home helped take off some of the pressure of the studio; the group could experiment without regard for whether songs would make the album; they could just write and play and collect material without worrying if anyone would ever hear it.
“It’s more alive,”
“And less over-thought. It felt like it was pouring out continually.”
“We were very much learning the home-recording process as we went along… It’s music that’s heavily inspired by the process.”
North American tour dates:
9.29 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space
9.30 - San Diego - Public Square
10.1 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
10.2 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10.4 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
10.6 - Sacramento, CA - The Starlet Room
10.7 - Reno, NV - Off Beat Music Festival
10.9 - Portland, OR - Polaris Hall
10.10 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
10.13 - Fort Colins, CO - The Coast
10.14 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
11.1 - Asheville, NC - Static Age
11.2 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR
11.3. - Richmond, VA - Get Tight
11.4 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
11.5 - Philadelphia, PA - Silk City
11.6 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
11.7 - Boston, MA - O’Briens
11.8 - Montreal, QC - Brasserie Beaubien
11.9 - Toronto, ON - The Baby G
11.11 - Fort Wayne, IN - The Brass Rail
11.12 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
11.13 - St. Louis, MO - the Sinkhole
11.15 - Athens, GA - Flicker Bar
11.16 - Atlanta, GA - 529
‘Pocket Fantasy’ will be released on September 30th via Fire Talk.