Fans who headed out to catch Miracles of Modern Science on their recent US mini-tour may have noticed that longtime cellist Geoff McDonald was absent from the stage. It turns out McDonald was in the process of departing the band, as was announced on Facebook, deciding instead to stay home in Germany and focus on being a new parent. Though MOMs may be a man down, they’re not letting it slow them at all; the band is pressing onward toward the August 14th release of their sophomore full-length, Mean Dreams.
The album’s latest single, “Jimjams”, further demonstrates the Brooklyn band’s push to bring big-time indie rock sounds to their string-based chamber pop. Drummer Serge Terentev in particular reaches for the fringe of the genre’s limits, introducing snappy fills and moody rhythms that vary throughout. Twinkling mandolin and short-bowed cello (hi, Geoff!) also enhance the song’s jaunt, while double-bass player/vocalist Evan Younger stretches his voice into rockier territory as he sings, “Now I’m concerned you’ll hang around, never stop/ And never let me grow/ I don’t want it, I don’t want it, the dream has overflowed.”
Take a listen: