Moody, high-school-aged Catalonian outfit MOURN are 90s kids. On their latest track, “Storyteller,” it’s clear that in drawing from post-rock influences like the Breeders and the Swirlies that they’re not afraid to explore their generational roots.
The band, which has a new Captured Tracks record entitled Ha, Ha, He. out June 3rd, delivers a deceptively drowsy lead single that’s heavy on guitars and light on positivity. Bored vocals inspired by the angst of Throwing Muses help lyrics like, “all he wants is to have fun,” drip with irony.
Not until the track’s final seconds does this indie downer shift from trudging, melodic drudgery into its freak-out apex, making the emotional crescendo’s anthemic raw emotion all the more intense. The sing-scream exhilaration of the pivotal last moment invokes the kind of end-of-the-world existential crisis that only teens can have. Angela Chase would be proud.
Stream MOURN’s “Storyteller” below and pre-order Ha, Ha, He. here.