Released back in 2010, herMajesty‘s Images of the Vanishing Night landed on this site’s Best of List that year, thanks to its material’s wistful, melancholy air. And although there hasn’t been an album’s worth of material since that release, the New York-based band have released a number of singles, which have subtly refined the sound they’ve crafted on Vanishing Night. In fact, over the past few years, synths have been replaced by strings, horn and backing vocals, giving the band a warmer sound. (Although on this track, synths do play a role.)
Their most recent single “Crystals,” which was released a few weeks ago, has some contributions from Fountains of Wayne’s Jody Porter, who adds a bit of psychedelic feel to the song. Interestingly, the song bears a sonic resemblance to Interpol – I think particularly of “Always Malaise (The Man I Am)” and of “The Undoing” on their self-titled return to the Matador Records. And interestingly, the track captures the inner thoughts and observations of it’s narrator in a way that shows a novelistic attention to the small details that make up a life.