The Brother Brothers are sharing the last single, ‘Circles’, before the release of their sophomore album Calla Lily, on April 16th.
As David Moss sings the refrain, “walking in circles, we go through the turnstiles, over and over again”, you hear the weariness of working class life, the repetitive nature of subsistence, in his warm-yet-worn vocal delivery. Front-and-centre here is The Brothers Brothers uncanny ability to craft immensely evocative choruses. On “Circles” they speak to the toll of survival under capitalism and its unceasing necessity for underpaid labour that leaves your body and mind broken and exhausted.
Speaking to the single Moss writes; “I wrote this song about the year I spent living in Chicago. It’s about the mundanities necessary for survival, and not those rich with inherent meaning. Sometimes, you have to take a job as a bellboy to keep a roof over your head through the winter.”
On Calla Lily The Brother Brothers are able to bring their empathetic perceptions of daily life, both in their time as touring musicians and previous incarnations in conventional working class jobs, to song. The Moss brothers are masters at capturing the moments we take for granted and spinning them into remarkable verse that transcend their genesis. Through the ten songs that make up their sophomore album The Brother Brothers weave stories of pure, straightforward, humanity with an astounding level of humility, grace and deep understanding of their subjects.
Calla Lily was produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Vance Joy) at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington and mastered by Grammy-nominated Phillip Shaw Bova (Andy Shauf, Father John Misty).