words by tom johnson
photograph by helmut.studio
It’s been nearly a year since Alex Napping swooned us with their Trembles Part I and Part II release and a full two-and-half years since the release of their glorious debut album, This Is Not A Bedroom. Pine no longer, however, for the band have today announced the release of their brand new record, Mise En Place, with the charming caveat that it will be released via Father/Daughter Records and Sports Day Records this May. Tied in with the news also comes the sharing of brand new track “Living Room” and all that anxious waiting instantly dissipates as the quartet rip trough four-and-a-half minutes of tender-hearted guitar-pop perfection.
Crawling in to the light with Alex Cohen’s endearingly weightless lead vocal, the track elegantly broods through its opening half; “How can you tell me that it’s a bad idea?” Cohen purrs over a restrained instrumental backdrop, her romantic notions of a different life in a different place growing from sweet sentiments to something altogether more weighty; the billowing guitars that eventually swallow her repeated refrain perhaps indicative of opportunities desired but ultimately missed.