Other Lives’ new CD delivers 11 tracks that are nothing short of great.
Other Lives is bringing the beast out in their new album,Tamer Animals.
Oklahoma-based band Other Lives made a name for themselves in 2004 when they began under the name Kunek. The band later changed their name to Other Lives and released a second album under that same name. Other Lives’ self-titled release was produced by Beck’s longtime drummer, Joey Waronker.
Tamer Animals was tracked in the band’s own space in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Waronker eventually mixed the entire affair and sanded down its edges, but it took Other Lives 14 months to get to this point. The band wanted to make sure that each of the 11 songs were carefully sculpted over time, with certain sounds creeping up when the record called for them, and nothing was forced or rushed.
The album begins with “Dark Horse,” which sounds like the love child of Animal Collective and The Beatles. The haunting melody of horns, hands clapping and the cello collide with one another with pure perfection and draws you in until the song is over and you’re begging for the next song to begin.
When it does, you’re transported into an epic beat of drums, shakers and angelic voices. You can only imagine how it is performed live if not part of a Broadway show or in the middle of the jungle with a native tribe. The song,“As I Lay My Head Down,” definitely leaves your ears and the hair on the back of your neck sticking straight up.
“For 12” is one of those songs that has a simultaneous drum and guitar beat accompanied by vocals that almost bring you to tears. You wonder if you’re crying because it is a sad song or because you’re amazed by the beauty of it.
The title track, “Tamer Animals,” has the same essence as “For 12.” The song takes you up and down like a roller coaster of tempo and emotions though lead singer Jesse Tabish’s steady vocals remain appropriately monotone while the fury of sound erupts behind him.
There is not a song on the album that won’t force your eyes into the back of your head in complete adoration, lust and fury. Tamer Animals will most definitely be on your top albums list of 2011. Not a second of this album is to go unheard.
Tamer Animals is available now on iTunes and on vinyl. The band is also touring across the country until July. Check out more information and where they are touring at www.otherlives.com.