Bodies Of Water – “Open Rhythms” (Stereogum Premiere)
Bodies Of Water’s third album Twist Again is a bit darker and more insular than the L.A. group’s past “indie-gospel,” or whatever you want to call it, offerings. There’s still plenty of the sun and breezy ’60s pop gold, and 2008’s A Certain Feeling was definitely duskier than what came before it, but hearing the married core of David and Meredith Metcalf harmonizing without past members Kyle Gladden and Jessica Conklin, brings a more personal, private vibe to the recordings (even though they’re backed by folks handling drums, additional bass, violin, viola, and plenty of horns). You got a sense the shift via those Twist Again tracks the band leaked last year (“Triplets,” “Rise Up, Careful,” “Ever With Us“) and even their cover of the Magnetic Fields’ “I Don’t Believe In The Sun.” The feeling continues with mellow, quietly lush album standout “Open Rhythms.”
Twist Again is out 6/21 via the band’s own Thousand Tongues.