Until recently, Mansions, a Seattle trio led by songwriter Chris Browder, haven’t released a body of music since 2013’s underground-acclaimed Doom Loop. That change was fast-tracked not long ago, when Browder accidentally dropped a synthesizer on his hard drive, destroying an album that had him stuck on neutral for a while. Shaken up, he and bandmates Robin Dove (bass) and John Momberg (drums) found inspiration and probably a little relief in the loss.
Today, they present Deserter, Mansions’ brand new EP and their first release in four years. “I found that I really enjoyed the freedom of an EP, in that we could take chances without the pressure or commitment of a full-length album,” Browder tells Billboard. “We could chase whatever we wanted without worrying too much if it was the grand statement we wanted to make, and I think that helped the songs come into their own, and push us forward to something different and new.”