“Pearly Whites” Out Now on Grind Select!
photo credit: Ricardo Nelson
WATCH THE “RANGES” VIDEO HERE
“Museyroom immerses listeners in otherworldly soundscapes with undulating harmonies blanketing punchy drum lines.” – SPIN
“listening to Museyroom is an immediately captivating, immersive experience” – IMPOSE
“Imagine Merriweather Post Pavilion–era Animal Collective trying to recreate their original campfire vibes. The band calls what they do “future nostalgia,” and it seems like an apt descriptor” – FLOOD Magazine
“a buoyant form of acoustic psych-pop that nudges the sounds of Vampire Weekend and Animal Collective in a rootsy direction while maintaining a bright sonic sheen.” – Stereogum
East Coast psych pop trio Museyroom are excited to share their new music video for “Ranges” with Nerdist. The song comes from the band’s full length debut, Pearly Whites, out today on Grind Select. Speaking about the band, Nerdist offered, “Museyroom consists of Ben Cohen, Jack Donovan, and Matt Coppola, all of whom lived in different cities while recording their latest, excellent album Pearly Whites. What they have created is the implied, nostalgic, negative space in between them, cosmically filling in the geographic gaps, uniting their tastes and influences.”
They elaborated on the Owen Murphy directed video, “In the video for the track “Ranges” we see a young woman travel deep into a snow-peppered forest, through clouds of colored smoke to plant a striking purple flower and smash the clay pot it was in. The video weaves in animated clips of geese flying freely and a rotoscoped version of our protagonist to amplify the “free your mind” vibes of the whole thing.”
After sharing singles and videos with Spin, Flood Magazine, Stereogum, and Paste Magazine as well as a full album stream with Impose, the band launched an interactive website made specifically for the release. Best viewed via the Google Chrome browser, the site allows you to create digital postcards with different graphic elements just by typing. Each song is a unique experience, so make sure you play through them all! Seeing is believing.
Speaking about the record, Impose’s Amelia Pitcherella said, “Pearly Whites is dazzling and remarkably polished—well worth the years of work leading up to its release. Museyroom have employed just about every instrument imaginable to create a field of lush and clear sounds, including the occasional field recordings of chirping birds and ocean waves.”
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Museyroom’s beginnings can be traced back to 2003, when guitarist and singer, Jack Donovan, and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Cohen, began to write and record their own songs. Working in Ben’s basement, they developed intricately layered pop songs on a four-track tape recorder using an old Casio keyboard, a tenor saxophone, and an acoustic guitar. The two bonded over influences ranging from The Strokes to Bob Dylan to John Coltrane, resulting in a musical eclecticism that is reflected in Ben and Jack’s earliest songs, which combine narrative-based lyrics with complex and nuanced melodies.
After playing together in a series of bands, they met drummer Matt Coppola, and together formed what would become Museyroom—a name derived from James Joyce’sFinnegan’s Wake, which references a sort of alternate dimension that the group would soon create with its musical output, sonically mirroring an unexplored, variable universe.
Their first release, a self-titled EP, was recorded over the course of a week in the summer of 2009 with singer Luke Rathborne at Williamsburg’s Motel Studios. With the inspired addition of a Wurlitzer found on the sidewalk and a stripped down drum kit—the kick turned on its side and played like a floor tom—the suite of four songs is a lo-fi snapshot of the band’s sample-filled live set at the time.
Over the past few years, the three musicians have been holed up in the studio, painstakingly capturing the breadth of their imagination in the form of a pop song. Blending delicate impressionist-inspired melodies with the rhythmic sensibilities of hip-hop, Museyroom’s forthcoming album, Pearly Whites, is a dense and ambitious work of rare quality.
The threesome developed the songs on Pearly Whites over a three-year period while each was living in a different city. The challenge of that geographical separation aroused feelings of nostalgia and idealization, which seeped their way into the lyrics and sounds of the album. As a result, the record flows with intimacy and emotion juxtaposed with challenging rhythms and electronic soundscapes, making it a truly original experience that fully propels the listener into the Museyroom.
Pearly Whites is out now via Grind Select.