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Premiere: Ther Shares New Single “with you”

New LP a horrid whisper echoes in a palace of endless joy Out April 14th

Mar 22, 2023 Photography by Kati Malison
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Philadelphia slowcore outfit ther is the songwriting project of mastering and recording engineer Heather Jones, along with members of Sadurn and Crooks & Nannies. Over the past several years, Jones has contributed to rising Philly acts like Sadurn, They Are Gutting a Body of Water, and Deer Scout, all as the band has quietly shared a series of EPs. Those early EPs culminated last year in the band’s 2022 debut album, trembling, and they are keeping up the prolific pace this year with another new record, a horrid whisper echoes in a palace of endless joy, out April 14th.

The band announced the record with last month’s single, “impossible things,” and today they’re back with a new track, “with you,” premiering with Under the Radar.

“with you” finds the band returning with a sparse and heart-wrenching exploration of grief. Jones’ guitar and piano lend the track a sense of crushing weight, painting in desolate shades of gray as Laura Wolf’s cello and Max Rafter’s (Crooks & Nannies) saxophone add contrasting hints of color. Meanwhile, Jones’ lyrics come out as cracked and haunted confessions, navigating the complex swirl of emotions surrounding a devastating series of losses: “I don’t wanna say that I blame you / But it’s easier to / And superstitious leanings for magical thinking / But maybe it’s not, and the world disappeared with you.”

As Jones explains, “‘with you’ is about someone going missing in 2021, about a year after someone else dear to me disappeared and never came home. I was holding a lot of grief—some anticipatory, and some old—and unable to hold much else. Sometimes singing about people can honor them. I hope I did that with this song.”

Check out the song below. The band’s new album, a horrid whisper echoes in a palace of endless joy, is out everywhere on April 14th.


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