Release Date: May 12, 2015
Record label: Run for Cover Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Mat Cothran began Elvis Depressedly as a side project, complementing his work under the Coma Cinema moniker. However, over the past few years, it would seem as though the side project has become the main one, at least in terms of attention. Since 2011, we've had six Elvis Depressedly releases, with songs like 'pepsi/coke suicide' from 2013's Holo Pleasures and 'jesus rots inside his grave' from 2011's Goner standing as highlights among a vast array of gloomy lo-fi pop triumphs.
On the second song of Elvis Depressedly's latest LP, singer-songwriter Mat Cothran lays out a guiding principle: "no more sad songs." For those who've followed his recordings over the past half-decade, this could come as something of a surprise. Both under the Depressedly banner, which also includes multi-instrumentalist Delaney Mills as a permanent member, and his solo project Coma Cinema, Cothran has built an expansive discography that leans heavily toward the downcast. But this time around, Cothran hints early on that things are going to be different and they largely are.
Meet the winners of this year's All Other Band Names Suck contest: the boy-girl losercore duo Elvis Depressedly. Mathew Lee Cothran and Delaney Mills turn floor-hugging moods into lavish pop miniatures, evoking the Mountain Goats times the Left Banke. After a string of excellent low-fi releases, New Alhambra offers the North Carolina act's sturdiest tunes yet.