Published Mar 08, 2011Vancouver pop eclectics Mother Mother began as a folk trio, mixing front Ryan Guldemond's nimble acoustic plucking with oddball lyrics and quirky female harmonies. Now, three albums later, the band have morphed into a five-piece rock outfit that bears little resemblance to the stripped-down Mother Mother of old. Their new style is on full display on their latest album, Eureka.
The album officially drops on March 15 via Last Gang. Luckily, you don't have to wait until then to experience the band's new sound, as we have the whole thing streaming this week at Exclaim.ca. Go here to listen.
Last summer, Guldemond told Exclaim! that the new disc would be "an up-up-up album" that "ran the gamut of electronic sounds." He wasn't kidding. Eureka expands on the synth-heavy rock style that Mother Mother first experimented with on 2008's O My Heart. And while that record also included downbeat acoustic ballads and orchestral flourishes, this new release is electrifying and upbeat from front to back.
This time, Mother Mother doesn't feature founding side-woman Debra-Jean Creelman, who is currently pursuing a solo career. She was replaced by new singer/keyboardist Jasmin Parkin, meaning that the group's signature female harmonies sound a little different this time around.
The disc was produced by Guldemond himself, marking the first time that Mother Mother have recorded without studio whiz Howard Redekopp. But Guldemond has been logging in lots of hours behind the mixing board as of late, as he's lent his production talents to Hannah Georgas, Rococode and Christina Maria.
Is Guldemond able to capture the same magic as Redekopp did on Mother Mother's first two records? Decide for yourself by listening to the album here. But don't waste any time, since it will only be available until March 14.
Stay tuned for these future full-album streams on Exclaim.ca:
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Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck March 22 to March 28
Timber Timbre Creep on Creepin' On March 29 to April 4