The nine-track album was recorded and produced at the band’s own Brooklyn studio and mixed by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Future Islands). It follows their 2012 EP Undersea and marks their first full-length since 2011’s excellent Burst Apart.
According to a press release, Familiars finds the trio “picking their way through a labyrinth of fear, doubt, love and loss against a backdrop of layered textural songs that were as deeply atmospheric as they were anthemic. More hopeful in mood than its predecessors, the new album emanates a palpable release of despair and an almost operatic verve on nine songs that took shape over the past year and a half.”
Added vocalist/guitarist Peter Silberman, “I wanted to explore that conversation we’re constantly having with ourselves throughout our lives. So I began to write and sing as two sides of the same person, as estranged twins trying to find each other in a shared mind, and eventually traveling together through a maze of malleable memories. I’ve been focused on what it means to be present, and how difficult that can be, living in a world created by your past. The past can be a comfortingly painful place, and it’s easy to get stuck there. I think of Familiars as a rescue mission.”
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing. Below, watch the video for “Hotel”: