Promo photo by Marianne Williams.
Big Sir just cannot stop teasing us. The collaborative effort between The Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete and singer/songwriter Lisa Papineau, first gave us the Bjork-friendly pop gem, “Ready On the Line,” and now the duo returns with “Our Pleasant Home.” Taken from their forthcoming album, Before Gardens After Gardens, “Our Pleasant Home” is the dark antithesis to “Ready On the Line.”
Sinister, fuzz-heavy synths invite you into Big Sir’s pleasant home; a cacophonous guitar can be heard in the background, crescendoing spontaneously behind Papineau’s somber vocals. Guest contributor Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta) guides Papineau out of the darkness with his drums, splashes of hi-hat cymbals and drum fills intertwined with Alderete’s soothing bass. Layers of Papineau’s vocals add to the song’s enrapturing atmosphere, as ethereal synths sway back and forth menacingly. Before Gardens After Gardens will release on February 7 through Omar Rodriguez Lopez Productions/Sargent House.
Listen to “Our Pleasant Home” below and download here.