It’s been a long circuitous path toward Every Other Memory, Invisible from Inside’s debut LP that dropped last week.
Originally a duo featuring guitarist Eric Hulsebos and vocalist/bassist/percussionist Jesse Beam, the group released an EP in early 2020 that offered a particular vision of strummy, languid folk songs ornamented with dreamy, float-along arrangements. Then, Beam left the group for a job opportunity halfway across the world, leaving Hulsebos searching for another singer, which he found in Jordan Pulaski.
“I actually found Jordan online,” Hulsebos said. “I feel like we connected right away, as soon as we hung out the first time. It was just meant to be, if you will.”
Pulaski didn’t have a long musical history to draw from, having mainly made music from home as a hobby and teaching singing lessons in Mount Pleasant.
“I’ve never been involved in a project outside of just my own music,” she said. “So it was interesting, trying to figure out how I wanted to vocally approach something that I didn’t write, or I hadn’t heard a million times from listening to it on the radio.”
The connection between the two musicians seems to be a natural kinship, with Pulaski’s rich, contemplative vocals and lyrics proving a warm and compelling match to Hulsebos’s compositions.
Almost a year ago, Invisible from Inside dropped a seven-minute single, “Her Favorite Number,” which showed how much Pulaski added to the group yet how little the overall aesthetic had shifted. It still felt like the same band.
Now Every Other Memory has arrived, an album full of reflective songs well-suited to the amber-tinged nostalgic vibe of the group’s sound.
Even with drummer John Powell on board as a third member, there’s a level of minimalism to the method as the songs begin with plaintive strums and slowly unfold at their own pace. The new album is a bit like Mazzy Star or Iron & Wine in its sense of hushed atmosphere, with more straightforward and less enigmatic lyrics and production.
“For me, the way I would describe it is music that I want to roll my windows down to in my car on a nice relaxing road trip,” Pulaski said, reluctant to name specific influences.
“This is what I would want to be singing to — just smooth, easy, catchy — gives you that fall road trip feeling.”