It’s been too long since Grandchildren released their brilliant debut LP, Everlasting, in 2010. On May 7th, the wait for their sophomore LP ends with the release of Golden Age via Ernest Jenning Record Co. The album was produced by Chris Powell (of Man Man) and Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog); here’s a bit of the description from the press release:
As their 2010 debut album Everlasting aimed to piece together the feel of various places, their new record attempts to collage together various points in time.
Golden Age reads like a scrapbook in homage to that elusive era that serves as a reference point for how we’d like to remember “the way things used to be”, how they “ought to be”, but probably never really were. The recordings stem from this concept musically, pulling from a vast array of influences, and thematically, swirling around it from all angles with songs of hope and disillusionment, optimism and doubt, nostalgia and anticipation, caution and regret. The cinematically layered musical arrangements set the stage for unique vocal stylings that take on a range of characters in what Martray describes as something akin to method acting. “The lyrics are simple because it’s all subtext to the music. They’re more like the voice of a character and the music is the setting, and so the story unfolds between them.” As these scenes play out, what unfolds is a narrative about how we project our fears, hopes, desires on everything and everyone around us, forcing our simplistic ideals on a complex world.
To accompany the album announcement, the Philly band has shared a new track called “Sunrise,” which you can stream below. They will be playing a hometown show on March 1st at Underground Arts; get your tickets here.