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Other Lives new album “Rituals” will be available everywhere on May 4th.
Pre-order now, the first 500 physical pre-orders from our official store receive 3 limited edition lithographs. All pre-orders from our store also receive an early download of the album on May 1st and two instant downloads.

Dreamy and cinematic Other Lives are getting ready to release their third album. Watch / Listen to the full session here: They began as a band called Kunek out of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Rechristened Other Lives in 2008, they released their first album under that name a year later, an atmospheric gem of a record that marries an orchestral rock sound with the sensibility of a classic singer-songwriter vibe. They returned for another batch of majestic, pastoral folk-rock in 2011, which led them to perform with the likes of Bon Iver and Radiohead over the next year. They’ve taken a break since then to prepare a new album, and if there are two clichés worth using to describe the record, they would be: 1) the third time is the charm, and 2) it has been worth the wait. Guest host Chris Douridas showcases material from Rituals when Other Lives stop by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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Following the success of the 2011’s album Tamer Animals” Other Lives went into a period of transition. Whether this was originally the intention ahead of their anticipated third release or not remains to be seen. New release “2 Pyramids” is a transcendental exercise in holding onto your past whilst also accepting the spontaneity that comes with the unknown.

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Whilst “Reconfiguration”, the first release from May’s anticipated new album titled “Rituals”, seemed to be a bridge between Other LivesTamer Animals and whatever would come next, “2 Pyramids” is almost the band’s version of stripped back. Despite the multifaceted instrumentation that has become second nature to Other Lives’ sound, “2 Pyramids” straddles the line between chaos and calm with perfection, building and receding in all the right moments. There is a spirited, unapologetic energy that tinges the song with carefree abandon, suggesting that Other Lives know all too well that although your past can be a great influencer, this doesn’t mean that you can’t also sometimes detour along new, untrodden paths.

Speaking about the track, the band said: “Inspired by a Joseph Campbell book, ‘2 Pyramids’ is a commentary on the human need for the belief in something beyond the self – ‘2 Pyramids’ representing an archetypal symbol that protects from irrational entities. The conflict between primal and rational is a common theme throughout the record.”

Amidst layers of sweeping percussion, singer Jesse Tabish’s vocals retain a pensive, haunting element; a perfect partner to the upbeat melancholy that underpins the track. “2 Pyramids” is a lush, polished experiment in morphing the wistfulness that Other Lives crafted so meticulously on 2011’s Tamer Animals into something more grandiose without losing the charm that makes the trio so consistently endearing.