The Good Life, the other band of Cursive‘s Tim Kasher, has announced their fifth album, the first in 8 years. “Everybody’s Coming Down” is the followup toÂ 2007’s “Help Wanted Nights.”
Call it a soundtrack to Manâ€™s 21st century existential angst, Everybodyâ€™s Coming Down poses cosmic queries, contemplates regrets, questions self-worth, and examines the possibility of living in the moment, when memories are all that we truly take with us. And in some ways, thatâ€™s the sweet spot front man and lyricist Tim Kasher inhabits: trying to make sense of this world of ours, and how and why we navigate it the way we do.
Everybodyâ€™s Coming Down moves in a new direction musically and, in contrast to The Good Lifeâ€™s earlier releases, is very much a rock record. It is also the first that truly embodies the band as a whole, more so than any previous album. In blending elements of drummer Roger L. Lewisâ€™s love of classic rock, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Foxâ€™s chaotic approach to melody, Stefanie Drootin-Senseneyâ€™s propulsive, tuneful bass parts and colorful vocal arrangements, and Kasherâ€™s deft, complementary song writing, the band sparked a vibrant evolution in sound. The gentler, folk-driven pop/rock for which the band is beloved remains (sonic sister album bookends â€ś7 In The Morningâ€ť and â€śMidnight Is Upon Us;â€ť â€śThe Troubadourâ€™s Green Roomâ€ť), but it is now mixed amongst guitars lines that unspool in a blaze across songs that hit harder and more viscerally (â€śEverybody,â€ť â€śHoly Shitâ€ť), as well as moments of distorted psychedelia and moody ambience (â€śFlotsam Locked Into A Groove,â€ť â€śDiving Bell,â€ť â€śHow Small We Areâ€ť).
Kasher began writing songs for a new album in October 2013, and the quartet â€“ balancing their busy lives and multiple projects â€“ reconvened from July to December 2014 to finish writing what became Everybodyâ€™s Coming Down. With the help of Ben Brodin in Omahaâ€™s ARC Studios, The Good Life started recording in January of this year and finished the album in their respective homes. The band then turned to John Congleton (St. Vincent, Baroness, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) to mix the album at his Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX, looking to his experienced hand and uninhibited style to maintain and further realize the albumâ€™s untempered, vital sound.
And vital it is: Everybodyâ€™s Coming Down might not crack the ever-elusive code to our universal wonderings, but itâ€™ll make you think, illuminate a new or alternative perspective, perhaps salve a lonely ache of isolation. Because we are, ultimately, all in this together â€“ forever coming down.
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