Mother Mother- O My Heart Review
Mother Mother is a five-piece Canadian indie rock band originally from Quadra Island, now based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their album O My Heart, was released in 2008, but has recently made a comeback. I will be ranking my favorite songs in the album best to worst.
Hayloft was written by Ryan Guldemond and produced by Howard Redekopp. This is a track that Last Gang Records released on September 16, 2008. It came as part of Mother Mother’s album “O My Heart.” “Hayloft” proceeded to score the band their highest ranking on the UK Indie Chart to date, where it peaked at number eight.
This song follows the perspective of a girl in an intimate relationship with a man, and her father finds out, causing a “burning pile” in the hay. Topping at 24 on the Canadian charts, “Burning Pile” is one of Mother Mother’s top songs. The lyrical genius of the words flow through the song with the music, and the talent is extremely detectable.
In this song, the singer uses metaphors, symbolism, ambiguity and allegories to portray the fear of being forgotten or ignored. The song begins with the singer introducing the audience to what he has been doing, which is “Ghosting,” meaning that he has been haunting others, trying to grab attention.
This song follows a young couple together. Only one wakes up in the end, but why is unknown. The song changes POVs frequently, and both heavily talk about death. One being metaphorical but the other being literal. When it mentions “afterlife,” it is not talking about ghosts and spirits but rather life after death- the life that others lead after the death of a person.
The song “Body” is a look into the eyes of someone who is picking apart his/her/their appearance, constantly being on edge about their looks and body. In the song it states, “I’ve grown tired of this body, a cumbersome and heavy body,” showing the distaste and lack of love they have for themselves.
The singer is referring to themselves as a wrecking ball in this song. They’re calling themselves destructive and uncontrollable. He is referring to the times people lose their control and lash out, destroying things in the process. The song shows the unexplainable acts people can commit when blinded by rage.
“O My Heart”
The song talks about how the singer is trying to force compassion and how hopeless it seems to be. It appears to be written from the perspective of a murderer, as Guldemont sings of making a “mark on the world / with a bag and a blade.”
“Body of Years”
This song represents someone wanting to get rid of his/her/their body. Instead of simply being dissatisfied with their appearance, they are entirely disgusted with themselves, and no longer want to be alive in the body they have. The self-deprecating images of bodies forced on many people by society is talked about realistically in this song.
This song is talking about the miles our bodies travel in an entire lifetime, and despite all of our accomplishments, we will all be a pile of ash and bone in the end. It shows that no matter how hard many people try, our outcomes will all end the same.
“Try to Change”
The focus of this song is on the singer’s paranoia and distrust of the world. They are trying to find the will to change themselves, but they are just too scared of anything happening to leave the couch.
After committing a murder, a man covers up the crime for his significant other, while “sleeping with one eye open” or “sleeping awake” to ensure they are not found, and covering their tracks. The lyrical science compared to the music in this song is extremely well written.