Motherhood Share Video For Tabletop; Winded LP OUT June 24th Via Forward Music Group

Photo by Vanessa Heins

The New Brunswick-based Avant-rock trio, Motherhood is today sharing their new single, “Tabletop” which arrives as the final advance preview to be lifted from their forthcoming record, Winded – out June 24 through the Halifax-based label, Forward Music Group. The new record follows 2019’s Dear Bongo, and comes self-produced by the band alongside Kyle Cunjak (The Olympic Symphonium, Force Fields) before being mixed by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier; it features additional vocals by Julie Aubé and Katrine Noël, from Acadian space-folk trio Les Hay Babies.

“Tabletop” marks a raw, cathartic highlight on the new record. It commences with a stop-start tempo before unfurling into a rip-roaring dive through wiry guitar lines and off-kilter percussion before then reverting back into something more jagged. It’s a fine example of the band’s smart understanding of dynamics and utilizing pace for effect.

Winded dives headlong into a narrative that explores the mundanity of the natural world as it mirrors human suffering. In their beloved home province of New Brunswick, with its dramatic vistas as a backdrop, the trio spins a yarn about navigating a straight line through a storm – amid the driftwood and stones, under tireless ocean waves, and peering cliffside into a foggy void. Simply put, the songs on Winded are about “persevering—perhaps for no good reason.” But perseverance is no futile gesture, and Winded is as resolute as a “tightrope over a deep hole”.

The songwriting on Winded pulls language from the “hillbilly” regionalisms he comes from by honestly, painting a vivid portrait of the album’s protagonist and the people they encounter, breathing contemporary life into jokes, sayings, and old wive’s tales. His delivery throughout cops frequently from hip-hop, helping foreground Sipkema’s relentless, complex rhythms. All over Winded, Stevens’ harmonies float like some bright ghost, while her bass and synths pulse and sting and wash.

Motherhood has been setting deep thoughts to rippin’ music since they were kids in the backwoods, and their tireless boundary-pushing has built a catalogue brimming with bold experimental work. Winded, for all its turbulence, marks an evolutionary bloom for the band and proves that, although they continue to shapeshift as unexpectedly as east coast weather, they remain unmistakably and unwaveringly Motherhood.

Pre-order Winded HERE

Tour dates
June 10 – St. John’s, NLLawnya Vawnya @ TVAL // tickets
June 11 – St. John’s, NLLawnya Vawnya @ Rock House // tickets
June 22 – Toronto, ON: Monarch Tavern w/ Pink Blob, Bare Claws // tickets
June 23 – Calgary, ABSled Island @ Palace Theatre w/ Built to Spill // tickets
June 24 – Calgary, ABSled Island @ Kaffeeklatsch
July 8 – Moncton, NB: Xeroz Arcade Bar w/ Jon Mckiel & Soft Goods
July 15 – Fredericton, NBSweltering Songs w/ Jon Mckiel & Julie Doiron // tickets
July 24 – Montreal, QCDistorsion Psych Fest // tickets
September 9 – Vienna, ATWaves Vienna // tickets

Pre-order Motherhood’s Windedhere

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