Brothers, Anton and Christoph Hochheim of the LA-based project, Always You – formerly known as Ablebody – are sharing their new track titled “Have It Your Way”. It marks another distinguished take on 80’s new wave and indie while positioning itself as the final advance cut to be lifted from their forthcoming album, Bloom Off The Rose which comes produced by Jerry Paper (aka Lucas Nathan) and isout next Friday, July 16 via Shelflife / Discos de Kirlian. The brothers were previously part of the New York synthpop group, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Anton also a member of Beach Fossils.
“Have It Your Way” finds the duo cutting bright synth lines with glittery guitars and swooning melodies, capturing an aesthetic and sound akin to Prefab Sprout, Aztec Camera, and the like. Staying true to their strong visual aesthetic, there’s another accompanying video that arrives directed by Saoli Nash depicting a series of ritualistic scenes that evoke a seance as the brothers attempt to contact the “spirit” played by Simran Jehani.
“We wanted the video to be light-hearted and fun,” explains Anton, “while touching on the heavier subjects of nostalgia, memory, failed love and the scars it leaves on our conscious and subconscious minds.”
Speaking about the new single, Christoph of the band says: “The lyrics deal with guilt, shame and control, maybe of one’s past (sexual and otherwise) that gets brought back to wreak havoc on a relationship, all through the guise of parental & religious shame. There are some flippant attitudes thrown around too of watching your partner fall into a bad pattern and bringing it to their attention but in a critical way.”
The pair emerged as Ablebody via the dream breeze-driven All My Everything EP followed by the serene glam power-pop single “After Hours”, a precursor to the smart and sophisticated full-length debutAdult Contemporaries which found Ablebody earning critical acclaim from FADER, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Dazed, DIY and more. Fast forward over the course of four years full of changes, romance, discovery, and more, the duo, now titled Always You, presents the much-anticipated follow-up. Bloom Off The Rose comes developed in Christoph’s apartment, on the road with Jerry Paper, The Pains and Beach Fossils, and features assists from bassist Jordan Sabolick with mixing/mastering provided by Kenny Gilmore (Weyes Blood, Julia Holter, Chris Cohen) and Josh Bonati (Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Slowdive). “The subject matter is life as vignettes,” Christoph describes, “Snapshots and stories of my relationships, mainly the one I’m just coming out of as viewed from different moments in our timeline, often projected imagined futures and mourning losses yet to come.”
You can pre-order the new album, Bloom Off The Rose via Bandcamp at this link here.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Delaney