Isolation can act as a surprising creative stimulant, and for indie-rockers the Blakes, it was the necessary element towards realizing their new album, Art of Losses. The trio [and band of brothers] left behind Seattle's bustling music scene for a desolate spot in Maine, holing up and tinkering with instruments and ideas until these twelve tracks came to life. The result is a genre-hopping affair that speaks to the band's experimentation with new instruments, the plethora of inspiration they drew from, and their ability to find the beauty in emotions and loss. As frontman Garnet Keim explained,
"This record was about listening to ourselves. Lyrically there’s an overarching theme of sadness and loss – as the album title suggests. We had a lot of loss during the recording, in both friends and family. It was everywhere around us.”
From the jangling soul-rock of "Paralysis" to the tambourine-dream, 60s-leaning melodies of "New Friends," this is an album built on diversity and heart, reflection and acceptance. Spin its exclusive premiere right now [and one week early] and grab it when it officially drops on July 24.