Hundred Waters have officially announced the release of their long-awaited third studio album, due to land on September 14 via their longtime home imprint, OWSLA. The Los Angeles transplants, by way of Gainesville, Florida, began the summer with a surprise EP, Currency, that came in conjunction with the commencement of their annual FORM Arcosanti festival alternative. The five-track precursor set the tone for the band’s inbound Communicating LP, expected to be a collection of new material that gives a highly personalized look into Hundred Waters’ complex evolution.
The LP is led by a new single, titled “Blanket Me,” an emotive piano-driven ballad fueled by lead singer Nicole Miglis’ pensive vocals and drummer Zach Tetrault’s uplifting percussion arrangements. In quintessential Hundred Waters fashion, the album’s altruistic rawness derives from the group’s homespun recording process, capturing sounds at their own kitchen table, in the solitude of bedroom closes, and even in an abandoned Detroit church.
Concerning the ethos of Communicating, Miglis elaborates:
“[The] album is a breakup. It starts with a need for independence and it ends with an ‘all better,’ like we did it: we learned, we loved, we separated, and now it’s time for the next.”
In the time since 2014’s critically acclaimed Moon Rang Like A Bell and this year’s incoming release, Hundred Waters have experienced a span of events that most bands barely cover in their entire lifespan. Communicating explores that entire space in between, from breakups, reunions, losing a band member, and sharing the living space that ultimately fosters the group’s creative cohesion. The album’s central concept explores Miglis’ relationship with fellow band member Trayer Tryon, and how the catalyzing changes in their romantic union translates into their art.
Listen to “Blanket Me” ahead of Hundred Waters’ official album release this fall.