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Portland, Oregon Progressive/Post Rock crew, Another Neighbor Disappeared have today released their new album, ‘How To Stay Conscious While Drowning’, featuring recent single, ‘Molar’, and new track, ‘Washed’.

Featuring eight atmospheric sonic cuts embedded with a captivating, and at times,  ominous aural landscapes, the four-piece present their sophomore LP with new single ‘Washed’, which is also released today in conjunction with the album.

For fans of, ‘Explosions in the Sky’, ‘Pelican’, ‘…And So I Watch You From Afar’, and ‘Russian Circles’, ‘How To Stay Conscious…’ sees the band delve deep into the subconscious where they explore a wide scale of emotions through a captivating soundscape.

Speaking of the album the band says;

Each track on our album is born from a distinct feeling at its inception, relying solely on emotion to convey its essence since there are no lyrics to guide the listener. These songs reflect a chapter of our creative journey, capturing moments of inspiration, experimentation, and personal growth.

Together, they form a tapestry of sound that speaks to the essence of our musical evolution.

How to Stay Conscious While Drowning’ track-by-track breakdown…

1. Molar
The track, ‘Molar’ was inspired by an overwhelming sense of anxiety, specifically associated with the growing void in todays society. The flourishing intensity of the track reflects the increasing stress that society puts on people, driving them to a breaking point or sorts”.

2. Washed

An up-tempo piece with a dark undertone, ‘Washed’ draws inspiration from the atmospheric style of Interpol. The main riff and lead lines drive a rhythmic verse that culminates in a powerful chorus, lifting the song with each progression.

3. Not a Dead World

Amidst life’s escalating pressures, ‘Not A Dead World’ offers a sanctuary of calm and hope. Structured in distinct sections that build in intensity, it’s a dynamic piece that resonates deeply, particularly in our live performances.

4. Breathe

‘Breathe’ captures the essence of breaking free from the suffocating routine of everyday life. The first half symbolises breaking through barriers, while the latter half evokes a sense of rebirth and renewal, akin to a refreshing breath of air.

5. This is Called

Breaking away from our typical style, ‘This Is Called’ embraces a straightforward rock vibe, reflecting our desire to challenge and explore new musical territories.

6. ‘Click’

‘Click’ experiments with subtle shifts in time signatures, aiming for a seamless listener experience where changes are felt rather than explicitly noticed. This approach adds a layer of intrigue to the song’s structure, inviting deeper engagement.

7.’ Math’

Born during the Covid lockdown, ‘Math’ emerged organically from remote jam sessions in our home studios. Infused with upbeat rhythms and unconventional time signatures, it stands apart musically.

8. ‘Euclid’

With ‘Euclid’, we delve deeper into unconventional time signatures while ensuring the song remains engaging. Balancing complexity with accessibility, we aimed for a composition that challenges without overwhelming.

Additional Information

Background: Another Neighbor Disappeared is an American four-piece instrumental alternative/experimental band hailing from Portland, Oregon.

Known for their dense combinations of different melodies and extended track lengths. Their distinctive sound draws from post-rock, math-rock, and other heavier influences.

Live Performances: When performing live, Another Neighbor Disappeared is noted for their ability to replicate and even expand upon their recorded material. This is achieved through the use of sampling, an extensive array of effect pedals, and loop pedals to build layers of sound. Their live shows are atmospheric, highlighting their entirely instrumental style.

Musical Style and Influences: The band’s sound has evolved towards a more indie/experimental direction, with increased use of effects and cleaner guitars. While they are often compared to bands like Russian Circles and God Is an Astronaut, they cite heavier acts such as, And So I Watch You from Afar, Body Hound, and Pelican as recent influences.

Although they employ the standard soft/loud dynamic common to most post-rock bands, Another Neighbor Disappeared prefers tightly structured songs and melodies over the genre’s typical expansive compositions.

Recent Developments: In 2023, the band underwent a lineup change, welcoming back their original drummer and subsequently releasing their third album. This new offering showcases a more robust and driven sound compared to their previous releases.

With the introduction of samples and keys, their songs now have a much larger and more dynamic sound.


Another Neighbor Disappeared EP (2015)
Another Neighbor Disappeared (2019)
How to Stay Conscious While Drowning (2024)

Another Neighbor Disappeared are:

Darryl O’Beirne – Guitar

Peter Schauer – Bass

Mark Willey – Drums

Julian Smith – Guitar

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