Misterwives :: "Coffins"

If there is still power left in independent music, it is surely in moments like the opening to Misterwives' latest release, "Coffins". Vocalist Mandy Lee sets herself as both brittle and resolute against a tiny keyboard progression. A nondescript tragedy in slow motion, "Coffins" opens its lens in a sort of broad elegy, sorrow in strings, melody and lyrics. This represents a useful counterpoint to some of the band's upbeat electronics on previous single, "Kings & Queens", Lee here turned from the dance floor to the pulpit on lyrics like, "How do you soften / the thought of carrying coffins."

For New Yorkers, the band plays Mercury Lounge this evening.

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