Recurring Chasms

by The Washboard Abs

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Fall Three 01:43
Erosion 02:41
Arroyo 00:53
Submission 01:20
For Icy Moon 01:39
One 01:09
Souvenir 01:41
Comfortable 02:52
Winter 01:33
Veil 03:06


recorded by Kevin Christopher at Heavy Meadow
mixed by River Nason
mastered by Mike Ditrio
art by Kat May-C

Angela Vitello plays guitar on all tracks
Brendan Burton plays bass on all tracks
Clarke Sondermann wrote the words + sings and plays guitar on all tracks
Grant Chapman plays drums on all tracks

additional vocals, percussion, vibraphone and windchimes by Kevin Christopher & Liam Hiddendale

thanks to Amanda C, Ben V, Ed M, Harrison B, Heidi K, Josh H, Jonathon E, Katrina S, Kristina O, Lena H, Liv K, Maddie C & Madeline J


released April 7, 2017

On Recurring Chasms, Olympia's The Washboard Abs take their intimate indie-pop to new heights. Incorporating angular rhythms and art rock sensibilities to these perfectly distilled songs, the album is a beautiful and complex journey through personal battles and trauma recovery.

"Recurring Chasms feels like the antidote to something, a pocket of stillness and reflection at the centre of our weariful world. In a time where what gets noticed is seemingly that which can shout the loudest, it’s welcome relief, and a timely reminder of the joys of a quiet room, the importance of being kind and power in looking after ourselves and those we care for." - Various Small Flames

"A gentle and sweet cassette of loving and loathing...An album full of beautifully plucked strings, uplifting percussion, and sailing vocals. If you’re on the lookout for the feel-good album that satisfies that Pacific Northwest pop itch, here you go." - Tiny Mix Tapes' Cerberus

"their fullest and most beautiful work yet." - ThrdCoast

"The Washboard Abs are a little Devendra Banhart, a little American Football and write beautiful, intimate tracks." - Wee World

"a new depth to their music with some angular rhythms and chiming electric guitar. Charming." - Overblown

"A perfect companion for a rainy day." - Independent Clauses

"an almost a hushed reverence over a driving rock beat. Traveling through some coma dream, some fever on this autumn afternoon. A lightness and an airiness throughout." - Cassette Gods

"the kind of record I just know I'll still be playing twenty years from now" - All Magazine

"Gentle feet of finches walk on damp pavement after all night rain." - Small Albums


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