Shawn Jones and Derek Van Gieson collaborated for years, however not musically. The latter created art work for the previous’s band, native folk-pop favorites the Pretty Sparrows, along with his distinctly darkish drawings gracing the covers for LPs Bury the Cynics and Shake the Shadow. Marriage at Nevers brings out a special facet for each artists.
“At one level, I made a commerce with Shawn: some artwork in trade for studio time with him,” provides Van Gieson, who lives in Minnesota. “My final band was breaking apart and I wanted one thing to distract me. I took six demos down and Shawn and I simply cooked placing issues collectively. It was enjoyable and simple, which was past refreshing for me.
“Shawn had his palms full along with his personal tasks, however he knew we had one thing we’d be returning to. After which COVID hit.”
From his do-it-yourself Lockhart studio, Jones continued engaged on the tracks, together with bringing in Dana Falconberry and Doris Blade to fill out vocals. Marriage at Nevers’ launched its debut final month, pulsing with ominous beats and swirling psych-tinged melodies.
“Hopefully the report captures the vibe of our earlier late-night periods: whiskey, candles, Twin Peaks detours, and copious espresso breaks,” says Jones.
“Properly, issues have most likely gotten a bit darker over time, and that’s perhaps simply the place my ear has gone,” acknowledges Jones of the heavier tone. “You’ll hear a few of that in future Pretty Sparrows tunes, however Marriage is extra of a nod to bands each Derek and I grew up listening to: the Remedy, the Smiths, Pleasure Division, XTC. It’s about our love for creating shared worlds that we are able to draw from and geek out over. Temper clever, it’s spooky and a bit darkish, however I feel the report strikes and bounces in a enjoyable means.”
To accompany the album launch, the band now premiers a music video for “Phases.” The clip animates Van Gieson’s art work from his 2015 graphic novel Eel Mansions, providing up one thing of a trailer for the supernatural noir, a gap to the rabbit gap of his gritty Mill Metropolis. It additionally accentuates the equally hypnotic and melodic pull of the track.
“I feel we’re each champing on the bit to get within the studio once more collectively as quickly because it’s clever to take action,” says Jones. “Hopefully the report captures the vibe of our earlier late-night periods: whiskey, candles, Twin Peaks detours, and copious espresso breaks.”
Watch “Phases” first right here, and discover Marriage at Nevers on Bandcamp.