Over the weekend, Philly popsters Brown Recluse quietly announced that they were calling it quits after seven years, an EP and full-length with revered indie label Slumberland Records, and several self-releases. From the band’s Facebook page:
Brown Recluse has formally dissolved its collective efforts in performance and production. Work is in progress on a collection of unreleased tracks, alternate mixes, and demonstration recordings titled “Odd Ends,” which should be available by the end of the year.
We offer our most sincere thanks to all our colleagues, Slumberland Records, Dead Format, and our fans and friends for their endless support. You helped make it beautiful.
Activity from the band had been sparse since the release of its full-length, Evening Tapestry, in 2011. Later that year, guitarist Herbie Shellenberger exited to focus on his band Pet Milk, though Brown Recluse made a handful of appearances as a four-piece – including a great set at MilkBoy Philly earlier this year with Instamatic and Acres of Diamonds.
The announcement was made around founding member Tim Meskers’ set opening for Gruff Rhys at PhilaMOCA. It’s not clear yet what might be on the odds-and-ends compilation referenced in the announcement, but a physical release of Brown Recluse’s digital-only EP Panoptic Mirror Maze would be cool indeed. Stream that collection here, download their song “Impressions Of A City Morning” below and leave your condolences on Brown Recluse’s Facebook page.