Artist of the Week: Misterwives
Occasionally, when I listen to a new song for the first time, all of the different sonic elements come together to a soaring, joyous climax. I can’t help but smile. Misterwives gave me this sensation on both of the two first songs I had ever heard of them.
Misterwives is a Brooklyn, New York-based indie pop collective that was founded in 2012. In 2014, after signing to a Def Jam subsidiary, they released their first EP, Reflections, which gained fame after the eponymous lead single was iTunes’s Free Single of the Week last January. Their fame grew exponentially, and “Reflections” was featured in many Vines.
They have a lot more depth than your average Vine fodder. “Coffins” has deep lyrical meaning, and the downtempo electric piano chords add to the somber, yet hopeful, tone. Two weeks ago, Misterwives released their first single off their upcoming album, Our Own House, eponymously titled again. “Our Own House” starts small and just builds (similar to the lyrics [“we built our own house“]). The horns are bright and driving, and the quick-picked guitar adds to the pop vibe.
Still, Misterwives’s crowning achievement is “Reflections”. Not since CHVRCHES’s “The Mother We Share” have I heard a better pop chorus. Lead singer Mandy Lee Duffy’s vocals are perfectly accompanied by standard pop guitar-and-drum instrumentation and simple harmonies. Sometimes the simple things are the best.
What I’m Looking Forward To
A week from today (February 3), Father John Misty will release his second full-length LP. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the modern folk featured on his first album, the former Fleet Foxes frontman has entranced me with his first two singles, “Bored In The USA” and “Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)”. Father John Misty’s innovative mix of humor, social awareness, and branding has left me eagerly awaiting what more he has in store. I Love You, Honeybear comes out February 10th.
What I’m listening to this week:
Misterwives | “Reflections”
Alvvays | “Next of Kin”
Mark Ronson | “Uptown Funk” (feat. Bruno Mars)
Purity Ring | “Ungirthed”
Kanye West | “Only One” (feat. Paul McCartney)