Photo by Danny Clinch

My Morning Jacket are back with new album The Waterfall II, which is out this Friday via ATO Records. It is indeed a follow-up to their 2015 album, The Waterfall.

The songs were recorded during the same sessions as The Waterfall which took place at Panoramic House studio in Stinson Beach, California and were once being considered being added to the original album as the third part of a triple album. The Waterfall II was massively inspired by the band’s idyllic surroundings in Stinson Beach, CA and a sense of “charmed isolation” that frontman Jim James likened to “living on our own little moon.”

The decision to unearth The Waterfall II was sparked during the early days of quarantine when one of the album tracks “Spinning My Wheels” came on shuffle and the lyrics took upon new meaning during this timeline and soon James revisted the rest of the tracks from those sessions and saw that they “invited a welcome moment of self-reflection—an outcome perhaps even more perfectly suited to the chaos of the current day than the circumstances of their recording.”

We only have a few more days to wait to get to hear the album in full. But fans can get an early listen on Thursday as the band will host an online listening party on their Facebook/Youtube pages at 9pm ET.

For now, find the album art and tracklist below and pre-order the album on various formats here.

The Waterfall II Tracklist:

1. Spinning My Wheels
2. Still Thinkin
3. Climbing The Ladder
4. Feel You
5. Beautiful Love (Wasn’t Enough)
6. Magic Bullet
7. Run It
8. Wasted
9. Welcome Home
10. The First Time

Bill Callahan Shares “Another Song”

By Will Oliver, July 6th 2020

Every Monday Bill Callahan will be sharing a new song from his upcoming album Gold Record, which is due out on September 4th via Drag City Records.

Last week we got “Pigeons” and today he’s returned with the appropriately titled “Another Song.” Callahan paints a vivid picture full of rich imagery and the sort of storytelling lyricism that you’ve come to expect from him and his trademark drawl.

Enjoy a listen to “Another Song” below.
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Glass Animals Share New Song “Heat Wave”

By Will Oliver, July 3rd 2020

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Glass Animals will return with their new album Dreamland via Republic Records on August 7th, a new date in order to respect and support the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.

We already heard the title track and the band has since returned with new single “Heat Wave.” It sees the band wrap into a pop-minded hook and never let go. It’s a catchy tune that sees them lean harder into the electronic pop direction that does suite them quite well.
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Sufjan Stevens Shares New Song “America”

By Will Oliver, July 3rd 2020

Sufjan Stevens announced his new album The Ascension earlier this week, his first new record since 2015’s Carrie & Lowell. It will be released on September 25th via Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Sufjan just shared the album’s first single and closing track, the expansive 12 1/2-minute epic “America.” The track sees Sufjan toying with that floaty electronic sound that feels like it would’ve fit on Age Of Adz. The Ascension apparently sees him toy with more pop-themed sounds and based on this, if he continues in this direction, the album is bound to be one of the year’s standouts, as we have come to expect from any new Sufjan releases at this point.
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Today Animal Collective has returned to release ar brand new EP Bridge to Quiet.

For the EP the band revisited some of their improvisations from 2019 and earlier this year and gave them reworkings to the final forms that you now hear. The release is timed as a part of Bandcamp’s Friday where the site will waive their usual fee, with all profits going directly to the artists.

The band sent out more details about the new release, along with some updates to some possible troublesome elements of their past releases which the band wanted to address.
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Despite all the chaos, 2020 has been steadily providing us with plenty of new music and it seems to have no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Add Cloud Nothings to the mix, who have announced their brand new album The Black Hole Understands. The band made the announcement yesterday and have released the album today, self-releasing it themselves on Bandcamp, who are waiving their fees to help artists during this undeniably trying time.
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