Motherhood have announced details for their third full-length record, Dear Bongo,, with the release of “Bird Chirp”, the playful Mekons-meets-Deerhoof new single, and album opener.

“art rock with a mischief-spiked sensibility”
read the feature and see the video on PopMatters

The stunning visuals that accompany this song show the beauty of New Brunswick as drone footage captures both the Nashwaak river valley and the bay of Caraquet. The song also features Fredericton-based country band The Hypochondriacs singing a rendition of the traditional song ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ at the end.

“arch indie-art funk”PopMatters
“low-key…spunky jam…twang and cowbell.”The East

Motherhood’s upcoming third full-length album Dear Bongo, (comma inclusive) centres around a painter coming out of a relationship. Bored of typical canvas, he paints rooms, other artists’ paintings, buildings, and highway lines until he ultimately decides to fix nature’s colours – most of which now seem flawed to his obsessed eye.

They will begin a 6-week tour across North America in March.

March 1 – Fredericton, NB: Charlotte St. Arts Centre
March 2 – Moncton, NB: Le Caveau
March 8/9 – New York, NY: New Colossus Festival
March 11 – Saratoga Springs, NY: Desperate Annie’s
March 15 – Omaha, NE: The Down Under
March 17 – Denver, CO: Lion’s Lair
March 22/23 – Boise, ID: Treefort Festival
March 24/26 – Portland, OR: TBA
March 30 – Moscow, ID: Humble Burger
April 1 – Bozeman, MT: Labor Temple
April 7 – Indianapolis, IN: Melody Inn
April 8 – Detroit, MI: Coin House

*more TBA soon


At the end of every year, we reflect on things that inspired us over the previous 12 months and compile a list from our contributing artists.

You can listen to a selection of songs via playlists on either Spotify or Apple Music.

Behold, our annual list of music (mostly) that inspired us in 2018:

Joshua Van Tassel

Jon Hopkins: Singularity

I was VERY excited for this album to come out, and sat with headphones at the stroke of midnight while on tour waiting for the download to be available. I cried happy and overwhelmed tears of sonic joy the first time through, and also the second that night. Sometimes I still cry, unrelated to this album.

Runners up:

Moses Sumney: Black in Deep Red 2014
Hatis Noit: Illogical Dance

Nick Schofield

Sarah Davachi: Gave In Rest
Sandro Perri: In Another Life
Joseph Shabason: Anne

Amen Dunes: Freedom

Michael Feuerstack

Charbonneau/Amato: Synth Works Vol.1
Isla Craig: The Becoming
Alanis Obomsawin: Bush Lady
Gruff Rhys: Babelsberg
Jennifer Castle: Angels of Death
Field Music: Open Here


The Favorite
Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Eighth Grade

Land of Kush at Sala Rosa
Jennifer Castle at Bar le Ritz
Ice Cream at SappyFest
This Is the Kit at Escogriffe

Michelle Yorke

Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors)

Jeremy Dutcher: Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa – fave track: Mehcinut
La Force : La Force – fave track: Lucky One
Michael Feuerstack: Natural Weather – fave track: Love is All Around
Ichiko Aoba: マホロボシヤ – fave track: マホロボシヤ – actually from 2016, but the Spotify algorithm delivered it to me this year as an early Christmas present
Jake Nicoll: Stone Arch – fave track: Stone Arch
Adrianne Lenker: abysskiss – fave track: From

Eric Chenaux: Slowly Paradise – fave track: An Abandoned Rose

Gianna Lauren

Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past
Low – Double Negative
U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
Pusha T – Daytona
Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
La Force – La Force
Empress Of – US
Bonjay – Lush Life
Cedric Noel – For Empty Pairs
Rosalia – El Mai Querer
Kali Uchis – Isolation
Isaac Vallentin – Amateur
Noname – Room 25
Halo Maud – Je Suis Une île
L CON – Insecurities in Being
Amen Dunes – Freedom
Julia Holter – Aviary