The Mother | Lost Shadows in the Dark

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Lost Shadows in the Dark

by The Mother

Dark, hypnotic "gloom rock" from Singapore's veteran shoegazers
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Wait
4:53 $1.20
2. Marmite
4:19 $1.20
3. Bliss
4:48 $1.20
4. Broken Mirrors
4:35 $1.20
5. Sprinkled
5:35 $1.20
6. The Fifth Column
2:08 $1.20
7. The Sojourner
3:56 $1.20
8. Smile
3:52 $1.20
9. A Dark Trip On the Ill Tip
5:50 $1.20
10. The Wedding Present
2:38 $1.20
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Album Notes
The Mother, one of the pioneering bands of the 90s indie scene, have made a surprise comeback with the launch of a new album, which came 12 years after their last release and two decades after their inception.

Titled Lost Shadows in the Dark, it will be released on Aug 16 as the band mark their 20th anniversary with a sophomore effort that, according to them, had been in the works for the last 11 years.

The Mother's frontman Jalisetan said: "After releasing our first album, we decided that, the next one, we would do everything ourselves -- record, produce, mix -- the works. Back in 2002, computer technology was coming up in a big way and we reckoned that that was the way forward. It turned out to be a long and arduous journey of constantly acquiring and upgrading gears, getting to grips with the technology and going through a lot of trial and error. But the main reason this took so long was -- we didn't set ourselves a deadline."

The band also got sidetracked by several film and television projects. For instance, the band composed music for Channel NewsAsia's first drama programme, Bertha's Nest, in 2008. Some of the songs which were heard in the drama are in the new album, including the first single, Marmite.

Despite the 12-year hiatus, the band have not veered far from the "doom and gloom" mongering of their first, and last, album, A Dark Trip on the Ill Tip. As Jalisetan said, the band "never really grew up". "There's a lot more instrumentation, we did a lot of experimenting with sounds and effects. But our influences are still the same -- the doom and gloom of shoegazing pop meets metal. We're still morbid folks. We still pay homage to Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Morrissey. And we still wrote every song as if it's a soundtrack for The Crow, somehow we never grew out of that."

Listeners will, however, note the polished production on Lost Shadows, which was almost entirely self-produced, with mastering for the bulk of the tracks done by renowned engineer Andy Jackson -- the man whose portfolio includes Pink Floyd's Division Bell and A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Asked why they chose to work with Jackson, Jalisetan said: "We all went through our Pink Floyd phase and Andy's track record speaks for himself. And since we spent a lot of time and effort on this album, we thought, might as well go with the best."

Lost Shadows in the Dark will be available on CDBaby, iTunes and other digital music stores from Aug 16.



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