When it comes to regulating her response to often-upsetting current events, Arrowleaf’s Sarah Marker is learning to be mindful. “I’m only in control of what I can be in control of. I can’t handle all of this at once, as one person,” she says.
In relinquishing the desire to control the world around her, Marker abandons the patterns of frustration and hopelessness triggered by those things outside her control. Arrowleaf’s forthcoming album, Getting By focuses simultaneously on Marker’s exhaustion and hopefulness as she recognizes the importance of keeping her frustration from getting the best of her. Its songs act like post-it notes on a bedroom door reminding the listener that there’s a big difference between giving up and giving in.
It’s a constant barrage, so the cycle is seemingly endless, yet Getting By tacitly and pleasantly reconciles the unfolding of shared events with specific stories and feelings. Recorded in Marker’s home studio, Arrowleaf pairs washy guitar work, humming bass, and the occasional riotous trumpet line with delicate anecdotes; dreamy conversations with wide open spaces that address stories of loss and grief on a larger scale.