Georgia-based indie-rock band Quiet Hounds have returned with a new album titled Characteristics of Living Things, out now. Self-produced, the album was written and recorded in a quiet home studio in the remote woods of northwest Georgia.
“We dusted off an old 1950s upright Sterling piano and made it a focal point throughout the record,” lead singer Toledo says. “It’s that cohesive thread that leaves enough space to explore other details and textures without overpowering the core elements of the song. There are certain keys that buzz and rattle… if you listen closely you can hear them in most every chord.”
Commenting on the mood of the album and the experiences that went into its writing, the vocalist continues: “We lost some significant people in our lives… and with each loss, it was like experiencing some sort of identity crisis. This record certainly navigates some of that mental space. In all this self-reflection, I can say good friends and gratitude keep us all well grounded… we’ve been so fortunate to be continuing in this creative process. It has forced us to be present. And through that connection, this record is certainly a celebration.”