Brookside Mall's new EP
“Now, thinking about it, I am an engineer, having layered on my grief since the twilight of last year. Every rising story is reaching out to you, just to topple under weight of an unrelenting truth: that you're six months into the hardest year of your life...” So begins Preservation, the six song sophomore effort from New Brunswick’s Brookside Mall. Steeped in clouded nostalgia, open wounds and a weighty, permanent what-if, the EP releases April 14 on Front Porch Records.
Gently defiant and grievously plainspoken, Preservation’s nervous pangs and vulnerable inflections are an elegy for the in-between: Though its serpentine delivery is still marred by loss and naiveté, this album clutches at acceptance rather than longing for absolution. Detachedly surveying its surroundings, for instance, the title track divines “now I’m just one of the guys to you / wear this kind of disguise for you.” Teeming with raw melodies that have ossified with time and distance, Preservation is anthemic (Garden), maudlin (Technicolour) and disaffected (Spring). The album also includes a shiny, searing rendition of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone’s “Natural Light.”
Recorded between August 2016 - January, 2017 at Chris MacLean’s All In The Mind Studios in Fredericton, Preservation features guest appearances by Nick Cobham, Jane Blanchard and Cedric Noel. Predicated upon poignant, precise lyricality, thundering rhythm and vaporous synth textures, Brookside Mall melds soul and airy dream pop behind a wall of shoegaze minimalism.
March 2 - Moncton, NB - Plan B w/ Dillon Ryan’s Hindsight, The Writers
March 3 - Saint John, NB - Peppers Pub w/ Dillon Ryan’s Hindsight, Sheik
March 4 - Miramichi, NB - Club 10 w/ Dillon Ryan’s Hindsight, The Writers
March 24 - Fredericton, NB - The Capital Bar
April 21 - Fredericton, NB - FLOURISH Festival w/ Future States
May 2 - Quebec City, PQ - Bateau Noir w/ Saint Jack, Aberdeen
May 3 - Ottawa, ON - Pressed w/ Saint Jack, Nightshades, Bleu
May 4 - Montreal, PQ - Le Cagibi w/ Saint Jack
May 12 - Halifax, NS - Menz & Mollyz w/ Saint Jack
May 13 - Charlottetown, PEI - Baba’s Lounge w/ Saint Jack