With some bands, it’s possible to create a spiritual connection made of feelings, atmospheres and a particular attitude towards life and the world surrounding. Other Lives are one of them and that is why every new release from the band is awaited with high expectations. Listening to their music is an act beyond music, a way to get in touch with the inner side of our afflicted soul. An act of generosity from them, with a delicate folk and psych world of sounds.
The genius of Jesse Tabish is supported by his band from Stillwater, Oklahoma: Jonathon Mooney (piano, violin, guitar, percussion, trumpet) and Josh Onstott (bass, keys, percussion, guitar) and offers such experience since the first self-titled debut album, in which the echoes of progressive flew into an already overflowing, intimate sensibility. It is with the second Tamer Animals (2011) which band supporters realize to be in front a new miracle: it is a collection of intense folk ballads in which Jesse’s lunar voice overflies weaving of strings, keyboards and guitars creating a hanging atmosphere. Rituals (2015) is beautiful and different from the previous on with more movement and colors, asa Tabish declared. A confirmation of the immense talent of the band, able to create a psychedelic space for the listener to reflect about the meaning of little single moments.
They are back with a new album titled For Their Love (out for ATO records) which features drummer Danny Reisch and Kim Tabish; it is a relief to see which Other Lives haven’t changed their mission. Cinematic, at times redundant, tracks flow like a stream becoming a river thanks to orchestral textures, and it is nice to be cradled by the sounds.
Tabish explained: “The album is a record reflecting human feeling in the current state of affairs. Economy and politics on the individual, whilst the latter still has to deal with the basic struggles of finding meaning of their existence. Money, love, and death are always real and hard to cope with; what does the individual chose to make these larger themes of life easier to deal with. The record speaks in realness, questions, observing, lamenting and hopefully finding the slightest of hope in themselves; these characters sometimes venturing out into spiritual, religious or institutionalized endeavors. In my personal hope, only finding their self-worth being more important than anything than what has been taught or preached to them”
How can you resist to the delicacy of a ballad like “Sound Of Violence”, when a guitar arpeggio plays with violins and the voice sings about violence as it was singing about love? The refrain opens to a calm that comforts from the fatigue of a daily tension when the virus is inside and outside. The harmony coming out from the piano in “Cops” softens the sense of the drama of the song, while the orchestra in “All Eyes” brings to an outer space where music is the essence. In “Nites Out” is easy to find traces of a musical path putting together Black Heart Procession and music for soundtracks, in an ideal escape from the dramatic reality of a pandemia.
Although tracks like “We Wait” are brilliant examples of delicate music, in For Their Love nothing is really pacified and the title itself reminds that outside many are suffering and they need our love.