Inspiration can come from any number of things and can strike you at any time. Whether it’s the optimism of a bright new day or the loneliness of separation and isolation, you never know what could spark that first idea. Fredericton’s Denmother takes you through a new 4 track EP that shows how sometimes the bright side of things might not always have the inspiration you need.
The EP, Now it all Comes, is a call out to anyone that’s felt the loneliness of winter, the stress of helplessness and the overall longing to get out of your cage and get out into the world.
Sabarah Pilon, the name behind Denmother, describes the work as “The byproduct of spending a lot of (probably too much…) time alone and feeling a flood of repressed memories coming forward and really needing an outlet to process everything.”
For Denmother, that outlet turned into an EP that could easily fit into the music library of any fan of up-and-coming electronic pop artists, but draws from a deep well that will chime with fans of late-era Matthew Good Band or Sigur Rós.
The album in general is a slow and mellow trip accompanied by plenty of reverb, synth and more reverb. The opening track, ‘8, 9, 10,’ slowly eases you into the album with a simple intro that quickly builds off of itself to set the stage for the remainder of the album.
Similar tone, effects and vocal styles on each track help Denmother pull you in and keep you in a mood that’s felt throughout the album. The harmony between the vocals and synth that can be heard on the album is easily its biggest strength, but at times it can also be one of it’s bigger weaknesses.
In a few areas, there is a bit too much going on at once, making it tough decipher, where the synth overshadows the vocals, or vice-versa. It’s sometimes had to determine whether you are hearing new vocals or just an echo of the line before, making it hard to know what you are hearing or what you should be listening for.
The cherry on top of this EP, however, are the harmonies used throughout. They often act as the perfect compliment to the vocal and electronic track, making you want to keep listening a little bit longer, until, too soon, you find yourself at the end of the album.