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Motherhood Share “Ripped Sheet” & Announce New Album “Winded” due June 24th via Forward Music Group

April 4, 2022
Vanessa Heins


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Announce new album  Winded – June 24, 2022
via Forward Music Group

The New Brunswick-based Avant-rock trio, Motherhood are returning with their new single, “Ripped Sheet” which arrives with an animation put together by Amery Sandford. The new single also comes with the announcement of a new album, Winded which is out June 24, 2022, through Halifax-based label, Forward Music Group and follows 2019’s Dear Bongo. Winded is self-produced by the band alongside Kyle Cunjak before being mixed by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier; it features additional vocals by Julie Aubé and Katrine Noël, from Acadian space-folk trio Les Hay Babies.

Winded dives headlong into a narrative that explores the mundanity of the natural world as it mirrors human suffering. In their beloved home province of New Brunswick, with its dramatic vistas as a backdrop, the trio spins a yarn about navigating a straight line through a storm – amid the driftwood and stones, under tireless ocean waves, and peering cliffside into a foggy void. Simply put, the songs on Winded are about “persevering—perhaps for no good reason.” But perseverance is no futile gesture, and Winded is as resolute as a “tightrope over a deep hole”.

Motherhood devours this insatiable atmosphere, gritty, dynamic, and provocatively raw. The vocal notes layer the fast-paced, intense ensemble where the expressive rhythms quickly blaze through the mammoth soundscape. The scratchy notes weave throughout the raucous layout. When Motherhood spends time developing its deep chugs, the abrasive tones conquer all.

Throughout the new record, Crain draws on his own history to personalize the struggles of those with limited options and opportunities. The songwriting pulls language from the “hillbilly” regionalisms he comes from by honestly, painting a vivid portrait of the album’s protagonist and the people they encounter, breathing contemporary life into jokes, sayings, and old wive’s tales. His delivery throughout cops frequently from hip-hop, helping foreground Sipkema’s relentless, complex rhythms. All over Winded, Stevens’ harmonies float like some bright ghost, while her bass and synths pulse and sting and wash.

First single, “Ripped Sheet” is a rugged, breakneck punk track; a fizzing intro to the new record. It’s a good demonstration of what the new album aims to achieve as Winded brings with it a sonic and compositional departure for Motherhood introducing more space to the sound. Speaking about the new single, Crain says: “We wrote “Ripped Sheet” after talking about writing a “straight-ahead punk” song for a while and then finally learning some Bad Brains covers. Lyrically, I was trying to describe the transition from my lowest point to getting sober, to the euphoria I was feeling once I was back in regular life. I could see that there was a long way to go but I was happy to be back on dry land and moving.”

Winded was written in empty spaces, too — at the band’s local bar, The Cap in Fredericton, and the Charlotte Street Arts Centre — during the first pandemic lockdown. It was recorded by Mike Trask and Kyle Cunjak at the analogue studio MRC in scenic Memramcook, known for the fierce winds that blow in from the nearby Tantramar Marshes.

June 24, 2022
via Forward Music Group

1. Crawly I
2. Crawly II
3. Shepherd
4. Tabletop
5. Flood
6. Ripped Sheet
7. Handbrake
8. Brakes Snap (Demo)
9. Shuttered Down
10. Trees

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