Experiencing a live stepmom performance is like stepping into a memory that’s been permutated by time. Fragments of a youthful bedroom — a lamp, a bed, an analog tv — literally set the stage for a four-piece ensemble that fittingly embraces as a part of its acoustic-electric DNA the lush intimacy of chamber music. stepmom truly is the orchestral dream punk manifestation of an inner consciousness.

That consciousness belongs to lead singer and guitarist Lindsey Cox. Meditating on the plight of the human spirit striving to thrive in a world of systematic pervasiveness, Cox and her bandmates weave deeply conscious and subconscious themes into dreamy three part harmonies, ambient cello, and synth contrasted with angsty guitar riffs and powerful lead vocals.