– featured image courtesy of grace rossi-conaway –
forth wanderers have an unassuming charm and such a degree of relatability that it remains little wonder why their music has already spread to millions of people. the members of the montclair, new jersey quintet are gearing up for a november 11th release of their latest ep, slop, via the label tag-team of house anxiety / marathon artists across the pond and the inimitable father/daughter records stateside; after dangling the ep’s title track in front of listeners in august, forth wanderers return today with a second single, “know better.”
again built around the tandem of ava trilling’s voice and ben guteri’s guitar, “know better” is an angular cut laden with catchy hooks to help mask the pain and confusion that accompanies past mistakes, along with any residual fallout. trilling’s lead vocal is particularly biting in certain instances, perhaps no more so than when she deliver’s the song’s mantra: “i can’t be this naïve anymore.” like other forth wanderers material, this song’s combination of immediacy and poignancy is striking; take a listen to “know better” below.