Published Jul 17, 2015Minneapolis three-piece On An On are set to deliver their sophomore record And the Wave Has Two Sides next week, but before it officially rolls ashore, Exclaim! is giving you an early listen to the whole thing.
Whereas their debut Give In was recorded mere weeks after the band formed, the new record hears immense growth in their sound and abilities as a well-oiled unit.
"This time we came into the studio as a band," said keyboardist Alissa Ricci in a statement. "Give In was us learning to think less and trust our instincts — what you hear on that record is a band beginning."
They were joined by producer Joe Chicarelli at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles for the recording process, which found the group experimenting with more collaborative songwriting and live tracking.
"This time we wanted to make something more direct and visceral," said vocalist/guitarist Nate Eiesland. "By tracking everyone in the same room at one time, we tried to capture the interaction between the parts we were playing. There's a subtle energy to things that get recorded that way; a tension in the sound."
That tension can be heard from the get-go on haunting opener "Behind the Gun." That same eerie, mysterious and melancholic vibe is heard on songs like "Drifting," while tracks like "Alright Alright," "It's Not Over" and "Secret Drone" offer up a more sparkly, upbeat synth pop sound.
You can hear the full range of sonic experimentation by giving And the Wave Has Two Sides a listen in the player below before it arrives on July 24 via MapleMusic Recordings.