The title, nature morte, is the French term for still life paintings
whose literal translation is "dead nature." BIG|BRAVE color
the songs of nature morte with unease, creating an air of beauty
in decay, chords suspended in contemplative stillness. Robin
Wattie's experiences structuring lyrics and song forms on The
Body & BIG|BRAVE's Leaving None But Small Birds informed her
work on nature morte, creating stories that, like many folk tales,
are at once specific and universal. Wattie's voice manages to be
commanding and vulnerable with impressive range and intimacy.
Even her gasps carve their way through the tidal crash of Mathieu
Ball's distortion wail and the pummel of Tasy Hudson's drums.
The momentum of nature morte conjures the image of a beast
collapsing beneath its own weight before resiliently staggering
upright to thunder onward. BIG|BRAVE convey heft from silence as
deftly as they do from swaths of feedback and distortion to cathartic
ends. "Distortion is key," notes Ball. The three members recorded
primarily live over the course of a week at Machines with Magnets
with Seth Manchester, pushing the potential of their instruments
beyond expectations. For each song the trio's songwriting and
attention to detail deliver its simple but devastating emotional power.