Austin’s Alex Napping, the guitar-pop outfit fronted by Alex Cohen, has announced their second record Mise En Place, will be released on Father/Daughter Records/Sports Day on May 5th. The band shared the album’s lead-track “Living Room,” today.
Austin-based quartet Alex Napping draws from the deeply personal and the sonically groovy to create storytelling with a beat. Founded in 2013, the group includes lead singer and guitarist Alex Cohen, guitarist Adrian Sebastian Haynes, bassist Tomas Garcia-olano, and drummer Andrew Stevens.
In 2014, the band released their debut album, This Is Not A Bedroom, on Punctum Records. With a guitar-focused sound, this first release reflects nostalgia for early romance and self-discovery, drawing from collective conversations about youth and its limitations. As an expansion of the themes found in Bedroom, Alex Napping released Trembles Part I & II in 2016, a pair of expressive singles hinging on a short story composed by Cohen.
Mise En Place, the band’s upcoming sophomore full-length, weaves together the uncertainty of adulthood with a personal desire to establish existential structure. It also marks the band’s first release with San Francisco-based Father/Daughter Records. Revolving around a formative relationship, this album tells the story of Cohen’s conflicting roles as both person and partner while highlighting a sophisticated, dimensional sound from the band at large. In Mise En Place, arrangements take center stage, overwhelming the guitar-centric sound that had dominated their early releases.
Mise En Place comes out on Father/Daughter Records on May 5th, 2017. You can find the band somewhere between Austin and New York City. Alex Napping plays Brooklyn’s Alphaville this Friday, February 10; they will also be at this year’s SXSW in Austin.
Mise En Place
Father/Daughter Records/Sports Day
2. You’ve Got Me
4. Get Used To It
5. Living Room
6. Wife and Kidz
7. Pilot Episode
8. Temperamental Bed
9. Heart Swells 2.0