There once was a Them, and now there’s Hymn and Her.
Them was Earlimart. Now Earlimart is Hymn and Her. A creature that crawled from a silver lake with songs about love and loss and sometimes the sea or movies. There were several Thems, including Hymn and Her, in Earlimart. Upon the release of last years big, sprawling Mentor Tormentor, (an album that bears a title that reflects its difficult birth) there were no Thems. Just Hymn and Her.”
Hymn (who receives mail as Aaron Espinoza) and Her (who files taxes as Ariana Murray) recorded Hymn and Her. It’s pretty. Very pretty, with whispered harmonies, riffs that comfort rather than shake, and keys that feel like a short fall onto a soft mattress.