– featured image courtesy of grace rossi-conaway –
a quintet of pals from montclair, new jersey make music together as forth wanderers, a homegrown affair that blossomed easily from bedroom to stage thanks to an unexpectedly strong and rewarding songwriting partnership. ava trilling and ben guteri laid the foundation that 2013’s mahogany ep was built atop of and continued construction on the band’s debut full-length, tough love, the following year. now, forth wanderers have regrouped for slop, a new ep due november 11th via house anxiety and father/daughter records.
the four-song collection ebbs and flows sonically – as most eps are wont to do – but the ear gravitates towards trilling’s lyrics, which navigate the spectra of optimism and gloom with equal aplomb. trilling gives a masterclass in the latter category on the ep’s title track; “slop” sways easily in compound meter, a guitar lead tracing each pair of triplets as trilling turns in poignant lines like “i dreamt last night you were mouthing my name / under blue skies” that underscore the track’s heartbreaking mantra: “i love too much / to hurt this bad.”
a sobering dose of auditory medicine to start the week, indeed. listen to “slop” below.