Cotton Mather: “Child Bride”

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Cotton Mather: “Child Bride”

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016

Photo by Valerie Fremin

Robert Harrison has always been ambitious. In the late ’90s, he and his band Cotton Mather attempted to create the kind soaring, candy-colored psych-pop of the Beatles and Beach Boys but with a home studio right here in Austin. Kon Tiki ended up getting a lukewarm commercial reception, but it was a critical smash. The album reverberated in some unlikely places: Noel Gallagher of Oasis has called it one of his favorite albums, and Britt Daniel says it’s been a huge influence on Spoon over the years.

Cotton Mather reformed in 2012 to celebrate the re-release of Kon Tiki, and Harrison’s ambition has only gotten bigger. In November, he started releasing new Cotton Mather songs one-at-a-time, and they’re all influenced by his love of the I Ching. He’s planning on writing a song for each of the ancient religious text’s 64 hexagrams, but you don’t need a divinity degree to understand it. “Child Bride” has an immediate appeal, thanks to the band’s sunny power-pop. And if you listen a little closer, a little bit of that spiritual mystery swirls around the lyrics. Download the song below.

–Art Levy

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