Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fellow Travelers

On November 26, 2013, Sub Pop will release Fellow Travelers, our second full-length record for them, just in time for you to give it away to friends and loved ones. This is a very different record for us, as it’s composed almost entirely of holiday favorites songs by bands we’ve toured with over the years, re-imagined and renovated.  The result, I’m a little surprised to say, is my favorite Shearwater album so far.

You can read more about it, including a track list and a little overview I wrote, on the record’s page at Sub Pop. You can also see the tracklist on the Music page and listen to our version of Xiu Xiu’s “I Luv the Valley OH!!” right here:

The record will also include a print-only essay by me about a decade of life on the road. We’ll be touring in support of Fellow Travelers in early 2014, probably in the US in February/March and Europe/UK in April. More details on that as we know them, as well as ordering information. (There’ll be special incentives if you order early from Sub Pop, involving more songs, hint hint. )

Also, we’ve already started work on another full-length record of original songs; we finished one session in Texas last month and are beginning another in a couple weeks. Right now it’s a big mess, but it’s a very interesting mess, and a real left turn for us so far; I’m very excited and curious about what it will become. Our Facebook page will feature photos and updates from those sessions as they progress.

Outside the realm of music (if you’ve read this far), you might also be interested in an article I wrote about a hidden exhibit hall in a famous museum in New York for the excellent “journal of narrative and experimental history” The Appendix.

You’ll be hearing (and seeing) a lot more from us soon.  (JM)