The work of Chattanooga, Tennessee duo The Mailboxes (comprised of Jillian and Logan Ivey) is cloaked in a dreamy art-pop haze, wandering through spectral landscapes where ethereal harmonies, twinkling keys and impressionistic lyrics are free to roam and express their own creative mechanisms. The music feels weightless but isn’t without a fierce and impassioned resonance, offering sounds which glide on by on the breeze and leave you unexpectedly gasping in exhilaration. Their perception of pop music’s inherent inclusivity is matched only by their understanding of how these elastic rhythms and buoyant melodies are able to dig into the heart of both the joy and pain that surround us on a daily basis in order to provide an unanticipated emotional clarity.
The band is currently gearing up for the release of their new record, “Inside Outside,” which is due out soon. After the album is released, they’ll be heading out on a national tour in support. But before that, they’ve decided to undertake a tour which is unconventional to say the least. They are going to hike the Appalachian Trail and perform acoustic versions of their songs for fellow hikers and campers, while wearing custom lavender-colored gear and clothing. They’ll be posting vlogs to their various social media sites so keep an eye out for their experiences while on the trail.
For their new single, “All I Know,” they play host to stray fragments of haunting voices, sparkling keys and bits of background percussion to create something otherworldly and mournful while also imbuing the track with an innate radiance. The shrouded melodies play nicely off of Jillian’s ghostly vocals and Logan’s subdued percussive flourishes. They have an uncanny ability to balance substantial emotional sonority with delicate, lattice-like arrangements, resulting in a bit of pop enchantment that lingers in your senses long after the music fades away.
“Our song ‘All I Know’ was meant to just be an intro track for our new record, ‘Inside Outside,’ Jillian explains, “but after recording it, we knew it was really special and wanted it to be one of the singles we released before the record. We recorded it in Nashville at Tiny Tape Room with our good friend Kyle Monroe. I like the dreamy, magical, melancholy feel of the song and can't wait to release more singles in the coming months and the entire record this summer!“
In the accompanying video, the duo find themselves exploring wooded landscapes, tromping through muddy swamps and crossing rivers by log before reaching some truly awe-inspiring mountainous vistas. Decked out in lavender blankets and clothing, Jillian and Logan evince a natural affection for these environments, seeming to leave the worries and troubles of reality back in the distant mire of civilization.
“[The video] was directed by Paul Stallings,” Jillian tells The Southern Sounding. “He did an amazing job capturing our song visually and helping us create the concept for the video. The video and album romanticize escaping to childlike wonder when faced with the stresses of adulthood. Trying to find the wonder we lost and keep it so we can conquer our goals and dreams as adults.”
The band will be kicking off their Appalachian adventure by first playing at Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga on March 2.