Mamalarky – Pocket Fantasy

Six months into the pandemic, three-fourths of art-rock four-piece Mamalarky plunged into a new experiment: they moved in together. Guitarist-vocalist Livvy Bennett and keyboardist Michael Hunter drove across the country, decamping from Los Angeles to bassist Noor Khan’s hometown, Atlanta. In September 2020, the trio rented a giant old house with vaulted ceilings, a tire swing, and a bare-bones little studio room. There, the band made its largely home-recorded sophomore full-length, Pocket Fantasy, due September 30 via Fire Talk.

Pocket Fantasy

When they needed breaks, the group would take walks to a nearby creek, surrounded by tall trees and a cacophony of birds. On a particularly sublime day of swimming, Bennett and Khan soaked in the sun, watched the light refract the water, and time stood still—a blissed-out moment captured in the pure joy of “Mythical Bonds,” an ode to friendship told through playful grooves and zigzag riffs.

Today, the band are sharing “Mythical Bonds,” alongside a video directed by Ambar Navarro (Soccer Mommy, Cuco, Moaning), to announce their new LP.

“I really needed to write something to accurately show Noor how much her friendship means to me, and our journey as musicians and friends,” Bennett reflects. “We need more songs about friendship. In peak album-making mode we were churning out songs, at times to the point of delirium. So we decided to shake ourselves loose and make this serotonin rock song about how much we love each other–to push past all those hunched-over studio hours and create this little summer memento. At the time we were having a lot of pond, lake and pool-side hangs, laughter under the beating heat. At the end of those days all we wanted to do was come home and synthesize those feelings in our studio.”

Tour Dates

9.29 – Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space

9.30 – San Diego – Public Square

10.1 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

10.2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

10.4 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

10.6 – Sacramento, CA – The Starlet Room

10.7 – Reno, NV – Off Beat Music Festival

10.9 – Portland, OR – Polaris Hall

10.10 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project

10.13 – Fort Colins, CO – The Coast

10.14 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive

11.1 – Asheville, NC – Static Age

11.2 – Nashville, TN – DRKMTTR

11.3. – Richmond, VA – Get Tight

11.4 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong

11.5 – Philadelphia, PA – Silk City

11.6 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right

11.7 – Boston, MA – O’Briens

11.8 – Montreal, QC – Brasserie Beaubien

11.9 – Toronto, ON – The Baby G

11.11 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Brass Rail

11.12 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s

11.13 – St. Louis, MO – the Sinkhole

11.15 – Athens, GA – Flicker Bar

11.16 – Atlanta, GA – 529


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