Providence, Rhode Island's The Brother Kite began crafting their shoegaze-inflected rock sound in 2001, when founding members Patrick Boutwell and Jon Downs began writing and recording original material as a duo. Bassist Andrea Mason and guitarist Mark Howard joined them in 2002, and the band released a split 7" record with friends Vaguely Starshaped on Boston's Losing Blueprint Records in 2003. The Brother Kite then released their first full length album on Clairecords, thebrotherkite (2004), a self-titled and self-recorded serving of layered guitars and buoyant melodies. Their ambitious debut earned them nationwide attention from critics and music fans alike. They soon enlisted Matt Rozzero as full-time drummer, and relentlessly toured the east coast, gaining new fans at every show and further refining their unique sound. The band then constructed their Beaten Path studio in Mason, New Hampshire and recorded their second LP for Clairecords, Waiting For The Time To Be Right (2006). With Waiting..., the band dialed back the "shoegaze" element of their first album, and explored Brian Wilson-esque harmonies and refined classic pop structures. The album greatly widened their fan base, garnered a bevy of critical acclaim, and was considered by many to be one of the finest records that year. This was followed by 2007's Moonlit Race EP, 2008's spit 7" with Boston band Plumerai, and the bands newest album, Isolation. Released on September 28th, Isolation (recorded at their Beaten Path studio, and mixed with Thom Monahan at the Hanger in Sacramento, CA) deconstructed their signature dense wall-of-sound into contrasting textures, while adding new instrumentation in the form of synthesizers and sparse drum machine tracks.
While touring in support of Isolation, the band began performing "Aching Heart", a song that quickly became a crowd favorite. They decided to surprise their fans and quickly record and self-release the song on a double a- side 7" called Aching Heart, Clear Conscience. With a healthy serving of vocal harmonies and throbbing drums on one side, and a stark and intimate offering on the other, Aching Heart, Clear Conscience is another typical release from these Ocean-Staters in that it's not what you expect, but it satisfies all the same.