Glowing Lantern, the new album from beloved band The Mother Hips, is set for release on December 3 via Blue Rose. Becoming the 11th studio recording in The Mother Hips’ discography, Glowing Lantern tops off a momentous year for the northern California-based band in which they celebrated their 30th anniversary by reissuing nine of their previous studio albums on vinyl. The first single from the 11-track collection, “Looking At Long Days”—a rousing, tongue-in-cheek ode to hard-earned wisdom—premiered on Blue Rose founder Joe Poletto’s new podcast Later Days. On the same episode, Poletto speaks to The Mother Hips’ founding members Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono about the meaning behind the song and album title, as well as, their songwriting process.
Written and recorded through the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, Glowing Lantern is a work of great comfort, even as it grapples with the profound anxiety of these troubling and uncertain times. The songs here are weighty ruminations wrapped in unflagging optimism and bittersweet streams of consciousness delivered with a jaunty confidence in better days to come.
“The glowing lantern is a universal symbol for sanctuary,” explains Bluhm. “That’s what we wanted this album to be: a warm safe place to get in out of the dark cold night.”