Praise for singles ‘Call You Back’, ‘This Feeling Is Disgusting’ & ‘Men’
“Mourn is taking a different approach to these times” – Billboard
“Song of the Day” – KEXP
“Serrated, infectiously melodic” – Stereogum
“Early-aughts alt at its finest” – Jezebel
“The track is a literal reaction to the world — as it is in this present moment and what it may have in store for us in the coming months.” –Consequence of Sound
“Crackles with energy and passion as it confronts existential anxiety through joyful rocking out” – PopMatters
“MOURN are at their most provocative in “Men”– CLOUT
Barcelona trio, MOURN, share their fourth single ‘Stay There’ off their forthcoming album,Self Worth, out October 30 via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records. On Self Worth, MOURN is leaving behind abusive ties and externalizing the interior noise, ‘Stay There’ sticks to that empowered spirit. Its fury does not overshadow the vocal arrangements as Jazz sings “No matter what I said/ I’m the form you don’t respect.”
MOURN on ‘Stay There’ – “Stay There” is a song about ending an abusive relationship and the feeling of freedom afterwards. Of course there’s always sequels, but we’re keeping the distance, telling them to stay there where they are and don’t come bother us anymore. And also this song is about healing from that, even though it doesn’t explicitly say that in the lyrics, this song served us to do so, to get all the negative and bitter feelings out of us.
‘Stay There’ follows the release of the albums first singles “Call You Back” that Stereogum called “serrated and infectiously melodic” and KEXP hailed as their “Song of the Day,”“This Feeling Is Disgusting” that REMEZCLA acutely points out “we’re in dire need for music to let all our feelings out, and what better soundtrack for it than a righteous guitar rave-up like this track,” and “Men” that showcases MOURN“at their most provocative” (CLOUT).
Adversity does not incite the best feelings: frustration, anger, fear, anxiety – nothing unusual for today’s world. The members of MOURN know quite a bit about these setbacks, but a latent belief persists within: the negative will eventually become positive. It’s the belief of facing and overcoming a problem. To come out reinforced: the wonder of resilience. It’s the belief of what they are worth, whatever people say. It’s the name they chose for their new album: Self Worth. MOURN is an enclave of post-teens dealing with the dilemmas of adult life. “This album gave us what we needed: self-worth, the desire to go forward, to love ourselves, with everything, with the good and bad. This album empowers us.”
A lot’s changed for the Catalan three-piece since the release of Sorpresa Familia, their boisterous 2018 record, that was praised by Pitchfork complementing their “newfound maturity of songcraft without sacrificing youthful energy” and NPR saying “equal parts joy and rage.” They’ve undergone a lineup change (drummer Antonio Postius left the band in 2019) and done a fair amount of growing up. As a result, they don’t feel as angry as they did on Sorpresa – their new music is brighter, borne of a more peaceful, collaborative creative process. The band isn’t the same as when they formed. The world isn’t either. MOURN grew up, and that’s evident in the songs that make up Self Worth. Their melodies – energetic and captivating – venture into less level grounds, and their lyrics show their newfound readiness to tackle issues of a different weight and size.