RIYL: Wild Nothing, Alvvays
Label: Father/Daughter Records
The first singles from Mise En Place, the second album from spacious, groovy quartet Alex Napping, find songwriter Alex Cohen in the midst of figuringÂ out her ownÂ mise en placeâ€”at a stage in life where one thinks of the â€śadulthoodâ€ť that lies ahead, reflecting on whatâ€™s happened before and whatâ€™s happening now in preparation for it. Cohenâ€™sÂ poignantly written recountsÂ include trying to live with a partnerÂ (â€śLiving Roomâ€ť)Â and struggling with an eating disorderÂ (â€śFaultâ€ť), and are completed by the bandâ€™s thumping, etherial indie.
Austin-based quartet Alex Napping draws from the deeply personal and the sonically groovy to create storytelling with a beat. Founded in 2013, the group includes lead singer and guitarist Alex Cohen, guitarist Adrian Sebastian Haynes, bassist Tomas Garcia-olano, and drummer Andrew Stevens.
In 2014, the band released their debut album, This Is Not A Bedroom, on Punctum Records. With a guitar-focused sound, this first release reflects nostalgia for early romance and self-discovery, drawing from collective conversations about youth and its limitations. As an expansion of the themes found in Bedroom, Alex Napping released Trembles Part I & II in 2016, a pair of expressive singles hinging on a short story composed by Cohen. Trembles caught the ear of both NPR and BBC Radio 1, earning featured spots on their respective SXSW coverage.
Mise En Place, the bandâ€™s upcoming sophomore full-length, weaves together the uncertainty of adulthood with a personal desire to establish existential structure. It also marks the bandâ€™s first release with San Francisco-based Father/Daughter Records. Revolving around a formative relationship, this album tells the story of Cohenâ€™s conflicting roles as both person and partner while highlighting a sophisticated, dimensional sound from the band at large. In Mise En Place, arrangements take center stage, overwhelming the guitar-centric sound that had dominated their early releases. This new band dynamic comes together articulately in the albumâ€™s lead single, Living Room. Moody and honest, with tracks that express both joy and isolation, Mise En Place explores the struggle to evade traditionalism, define personal success, and balance the expectations of love.
250 = Cyan & Bone A/B Side
350 = Black
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive