OTHERWORLDLY THINGS – “TIME TURNS TO MEMORIES”
A SPILL EXCLUSIVE MUSIC PREMIERE
If you could imagine a sound-based kaleidoscope combining the youthfulness of Supergrass, the cockiness of Buzzcocks, the melodicism of The Hollies and catchiness of The Jam, you’d have one powerful sonic vision. Of course, we can make this a lot easier for you by simply presenting you the new long-awaited single from NYC-based indie Brit rockers Otherworldly Things. With a touch of all that made the British invasion a powerful phenomenon and the fun song-stylings of glam-rock, the band is back after a hiatus of several years to release “Time Turns To Memories”, which we present to you today.
This is a tantalising upbeat British beat offering for discerning music connoisseurs and lay-men alike. It is also the first song to be released from their Heavy Dream Cycle EP, which will see the light of day on February 16. High-energy feel-good music, this is as infectious as The Kinks and The Monkees ever were – a refreshing addition to the soundtrack of early 2024 and one that I’m sure a lot of folks will pick up on soon enough. After all, they’re back, loaded with new vigour and vitality, coupled with classic power pop stylings, synchronous drum-guitar sequences and tight delivery.
An expression of the circle of life that we all experience, the vocals too are endearing: “I’m hoping that the miles of emotion / From up above your head, glowing past your knees / Shines through the ceiling and always keeps on going / Because time just turns to memories anyway / And that’s okay’.
This EP was recorded at Serious Business Records in Brooklyn with Travis Harrison (Guided By Voices, Built To Spill), who also joined the band on drums and percussion, adding some notable pizzazz for this release. Formed in 2014, the other three members are Jim Browne (guitar, lead and backing vocals, violin), Matt Revie (guitar, keyboards, glockenspiel) and Jason Binnick (bass, backing vocals, keyboards, cello).
Mastered at Listen Up Studios by Jamal Ruhe (Guided by Voices, Phoebe Bridgers, Death, Jimmy Eat World, Misfits), this EP comes to us through Montclair, New Jersey-based Magic Door Records, which is home to numerous artists we have covered in the past – Elk City, Gramercy Arms, Rob Munk and Quiz Show, to name but a few.
It’s been a few years since the band’s first full-length album Beeline to the A-List, released in 2017. Like many artists, Covid and its respective lockdowns put a dent in any tangible plans for the band.
The band has some interesting stories to tell for their short time together, including one about their debut concert, which took place at New York City’s Irving Plaza in April 2015, at which time they opened the show for none other than UK post-punk legends – the Buzzcocks. The luck of the draw – this happened even before they had recorded or released their debut album.
Also, the band recorded their early material in Brooklyn at the legendary BC Studio, run by renowned cult producer Martin Bisi. While some of that material ultimately ended up on their debut album Beeline to the A-List, other newer material has also been recorded by bassist Jason Binnick and former drummer Kevin Hudson, at their respective home studios before the latter decided to leave New York during the pandemic. Travis Harrison later took his place on drums within the Otherworldly Things family.
As of January 24, “Time Turns To Memories” will be available from fine online music platforms, including Bandcamp. On February 16, Otherworldly Things will release their Heavy Dream Cycle EP, which can be pre-ordered directly from the band at https://otherworldlythings.bandcamp.com
Jim Browne – Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals, Violin
Matt Revie – Guitar, Keyboards, Glockenspiel
Jason Binnick – Bass, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Cello
Travis Harrison – Drums, Percussion
All songs written by Jim Browne
Recorded at Serious Business Studios (Brooklyn, NY)
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Studios
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at Listen Up Studios
Artist photos by Julia Khoroshilov
Single cover photo by Renée LoBue
Single and EP cover design by Ray Ketchem
While you’re here, please also enjoy their debut album from 2017:
(Magic Door Records)
Release Date: January 23, 2024
Heavy Dream Cycle EP Track Listing
1 Tired of Monsters
2 No Use
3 Work Out Right
4 Time Turns to Memories