Mother Tongues – Love in a Vicious Way [Streaming]

Today the Toronto band Mother Tongues dropped their long awaited you can say their debut album called Love in a Vicious Way via Wavy Haze Records.
After a few road bumps the band finally have some music that is filled with indie dream pop and alternative shoegaze music.

About the album from Mother Tongues:
Love in a Vicious Way is 10 songs about love, longing, desire, and identity are charged with a sincerity and teenage sentimentalism that captures a time when everything was crucial and felt tenfold.
Love In A Vicious Way sees the band carving out a space for themselves: they are world-building.
Like some rare bird mimicking the machines at the edge of the forest, the album echoes the beauty, darkness, and weight of life in these ever-changing times. “It’s an exploration of the darker ways we love, the parts with teeth,” says guitarist/vocalist Lukas Cheung, explaining the record’s title. “It possesses you, it’s a pit you fall into. Love overtakes you, this record is about surrendering to that feeling.”

Writing Love In A Vicious Way was a back and forth dialogue between Cheung and Aragoza, a process that verged on telepathy. “I wrote these songs with Char’s voice in mind, no one else could really sing them–in a musical sense, but also because I feel it’s our history and closeness that allows her to carry these stories,” explains Cheung. The album takes Mother Tongues’ propensity for rich atmospherics and cinematic arrangements to stratospheric heights, riding thundering, totalizing waves of angsty alt-rock, interstellar psychedelia, dream-pop-noir, and touches of ‘90s breakbeat and electronica.

Leading the herd is “A Heart Beating.” A goth dream-pop rocker, the song sonically splits the difference between Alvvays and The Cure; the verses speak to how we can find ourselves lost in feedback loops of regret and longing, while the chorus is a hypnotic, repeating response that calls you back into your body (“A heart beating, inside an animal”). Lush, emotionally-driven, and bookended by a massive guitar riff, “Dance In The Dark” follows, across which Aragoza challenges monogamy, instead exploring alternative ways we can reconcile with sex and romance. “It allowed me to confront my own attitudes and traumas around these topics,” she explains. “Worm Day” is a glossy pop track about compulsion and the incessant thoughts that tunnel their way into our brains–its heartfelt hooks leaving listeners nostalgic and beguiled–and “Only You” is a cyber-goth anthem, conjuring strobe lights, latex, and a breakbeat ripped from some sedated mid-’90s corner.

Cheung co-produced Love In A Vicious Way alongside Asher Gould-Murtagh (Born Ruffians, Kali Horse), with bed tracks recorded at Marquee Sound–where the two spent hours obsessing over the crystalline, high-fidelity production aesthetics of ‘90s on records by artists like Air or Björk–before finishing at Montreal’s Studio Toute Garnie. “While lo-fi production has been in vogue, we were chasing something else. Asher and I would joke that we were trying to make a million dollar record on nothing,” says Cheung. Cheung and Aragoza are joined on the album by Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher (synths), Lane Halley (guitar), and Nick Kervin (drums), who have played with artists like Lido Pimienta, Maylee Todd, and Zoon.

Love In A Vicious Way ultimately showcases a young band building a musical world that reflects their own unique experience, and extending an invitation to others. “We’re peering into the future and imagining what this world could be. It’s a little William Gibson, a little cyberpunk, it’s lit like a Wong-Kar-Wai film. It’s queer, it’s free, a little goth, everyone’s wearing eyeliner,” Cheung laughs. “I like to imagine our record bleeding out of the headphones of some 16-year-old in this not-so-distant universe.”

Love In A Vicious Way gets: 📷📷📷📷📷📷📷📷📷/10.