New Haven math-rock band Ourselves Alone makes highly formidable and heavily intricate guitar music that strides between both punk energetics and post-rock atmospherics.
Earlier last week, Ourselves Alone issued their newest album, Elusive Firsts. It is the band’s first bit of new music since 2016’s COVET EP.
Building upon the complex textural and rhythmic dynamics of their debut, Elusive Firsts is a highly accessible foray into the many deviations of math rock. Tracks like opener “Arms to the Trees” and early single “Stiff Jazz” contain multitudes of nuance and even a sliver of pop sensibility that pushes the band into more memorable territory than their many formidable peers. The band also expands its sonic palate with a tasteful smattering of vocals from drummer Nick Restivo, and a heightened presence of violin and viola. While remarkably consistent throughout, the album ends on both a sonic and semantic high note with the thrilling sprint of “A Poodle With Excuses.”
Ourselves Alone will be playing Cafe Nine in New Haven with CALLS, Wess Meets West, Snowpiler, and The Refectory. Event page here.
Listen to Elusive Firsts by Ourselves, Alone below: