Mamalarky is a project based in Atlanta but featuring members from all over the US, including Austin and LA, who have played parts in touring bands like Cherry Glazerr and White Denim. This year though, they have come together to strike out under their own steam, and off the back of the singles “Fury” and “How To Say” they are today announcing the release of their debut album, Mamalarky, for release on November 20 through Fire Talk.

They’ve also shared a third single from the album called “Schism Trek”, which singer Livvy Bennett introduces by saying:

Schism Trek explores feelings of acceptance and strength while navigating uncharted waters. At the time my bandmates and I were all touring in different projects and yearning for time with each other and our loved ones! But ultimately we all came out stronger as individuals and as a unit. It speaks to how unfair it is to be loving someone from a distance, and the grounding power of focusing inward and trying to let go of control during lonely, tumultuous times. Relax your jaw and love yourself, your time with friends will come soon!” 

That sense of unfairness is bubbling away in “Schism Trek”, but Mamalarky keep things bright and spry, bouncing through this crunchy indie-rock tune with a chipper attitude. In the chorus Bennett swoops in to ask the pertinent question “how is it fair to love someone who’s never really there?” in a moment of unabashed vulnerability – but Mamalarky are on hand to sweep that malaise away with an uplifting jumble of homespun sounds. “Schism Trek” swings, bops, bounces, and moreover proves why Mamalarky should be high up on your ‘ones to watch’ list.

Mamalarky’s debut album Mamalarky is out on November 20 through Fire Talk. You can find the band on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.