By way of Stillwater, Oklahoma comes Indie Rock band Other Lives. Originally formed in 2004, the band took on the name Other Lives in 2006. They moved themselves to Los Angeles to record their self-titled debut album, produced by Joey Waronker (of Atoms for Peace fame) in 2009. Soon after, Other Lives began writing and recording their very well received sophomore album Tamer Animals. The album dropped in may of 2011. Other Lives didn’t release another studio album until May 2015. That album, Rituals, is where I’d like to focus my attention in this post. I honestly wasn’t sure if I could like something of theirs more than I liked Tamer Animals, but I must say that Rituals is one of the most beautifully composed albums I own. Tracks like “Reconfiguration” and “2 Pyramids” really draw you in, but it’s “Easy Way Out”, with its slow, dark and The National-esque vibe that got me addicted to this album. Since it’s release date only five days ago, I’ve played the album all the way through around 15 times. It’s perfect. Give it a listen. And while you are at it, give the rest of their releases a look-see as well.
Other Lives, who has toured and played with great bands including The Rosebuds, Bon Iver and the legendary Radiohead (not to mention an appearance at the famed Coachella Festival), will be in town on June 18th playing the Ogden edition of the Twilight Concert Series with local sensation The Moth & The Flame. I highly suggest you be in attendance.