New Mates Of State – “My Only Offer”

Make this advance track two from noted child-rearing bloggers/indie rock couple Mates Of State’s Re-Arrange Us. Maybe not as memorably melodic as the outstanding “Get Better,” but it’s not for lack of arrangement: “My Only Offer” builds bells, glockenspiels, horns on top of a simple two-chord piano figure, with Kori and Jason’s vocals swapping on the verses, harmonizing on the hook, hitting the callback/echoes later. All in all pretty pop, but the story here’s in the lyrics, two lovers maybe not so much in love, slogging through the dulled luster, trying anyway. The chorus: “Oh, It’s my only offer / stifled copies of myself / as someone else.” Gives a little more resonance to the melody, innit.

Mates Of State – “My Only Offer” (MP3)

So far Re-arrange Us is shaping up pretty well for the choir singers. The LP is out 5/20 via Barsuk. This spring and summer sees ‘em on the road, winding up with a festivals.

Mates Of’s dates:

05/16 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
05/22 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
05/24 Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
05/25 Sasquatch Festival @ Washington Gorge Amphitheater
05/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
06/06 Lawrence, KS @ Wakarusa Music Festival
06/07 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
06/08 St. Louis, MO @ The Bluebird
06/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Ballroom
06/11 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
06/13 Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounge
06/14 Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room
06/15 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
06/17 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
06/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
06/21 Philadelphia, PA (Popped! Festival)
07/25 Pemberton, BC (Pemberton Festival)
08/01 Chicago, IL (Lollapalooza)
08/08 Liberty State Park, NJ (All Points West Festival)
09/26 Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Festival)