Billboard - Mars Motel Dreamily Nod Toward the Half-Remembered Past...


By MORGAN ENOS

The ‘90s were the ultimate decade for just about any kind of music you happened to be into. But there’s one production style used by songs from Slowdive's "Alison" to Oasis' "Wonderwall" that truly marks the era -- buckets of reverb, Wall of Sound-style guitars and tons of tambourine. Today, that airplane-hangar vibe is your ticket to the beating heart of Brooklyn rockers Mars Motel, but it’s not just used as a genre signifier -- it’s the sound of your own memories whirring.

That buzzing feeling is at the heart of Mars Motel’s new single “Living in the Moment," which reaches back to the moment you step back into your childhood home, surveying the changes and coming to grips with who you once were. Singer Sarik Kumar explains in a statement, “It’s a song about youth and independence, and the lyrics touch upon the time when one leaves home and goes out into the world. But upon returning, the place you once remembered and loved so much somehow feels different and unfamiliar.”

To zoom in a little bit more, Kumar visited his childhood home in Long Island and discovered some Britpop-style demos he had recorded -- yep, just like those Slowdive and Oasis classics. But rather than his '90s juvenilia acting as proverbial sand to spit out, Kumar was creatively inspired by the past sounds -- and with “Living in the Moment" he’s used the past as a conduit to new horizons.

You can listen to an exclusive premiere of “Living in the Moment” below and check out the band’s website here.