Comprised of Josh Onstott, Jonathon Mooney and Jesse Tabish, the Stillwater, OK-based trio of Other Lives relocated from their hometown to Portland, OR to write and record the material that would end up on their third and forthcoming full-length effort, Rituals in May. As the band’s Jesse Tabish notes, “For the first times in our lives we were moving off on our own away from our families and kind of coming into our own. I wanted the songs to reflect that new spirit.” And unsurprisingly, that experience of being isolated on the road, and attempting to expand their sound was a major influence on the entire writing process of Rituals.
“Reconfiguration,” the first single off Rituals is an ominously atmospheric track comprised of swirling electronics, gently plinking keys, angular bursts of guitar, skittering percussion and subtle bursts of strings paired with crooned vocals that express an aching vulnerability and regret – simultaneously and within the turn of a phrase. With it’s subtle jazz phrasing, the song reminds me a little bit of The Darcy’s Warring in the sense that “Reconfiguration” effortlessly meshes several genres with an art school sheen.