And frontman E tackles "the ugliness of a soulless life" on new single 'Souljacker Pt 1'...
EELS new album is titled ‘SOULJACKER’, and will be released on September 24, NME.COM can reveal.
The album, the band’s fourth, will be preceded by a new single ‘Souljacker Pt 1’ on September 10. The record is produced by mainman E and guitarist John Parish, who is most well known for his work with PJ Harvey.
According to mainman E, the term “soul jacker” was originally used by the US media to describe a serial killer who “claimed to not only kill, but also steal the souls of his victims”.
He continued: “I began to think about this idea of stealing a soul on a larger scale. It seemed to me that there were just too many distractions and that people were losing their souls because they had no way of knowing what they had in the first place. How can you keep what you don’t know you have?
“I then realized that no one can take your soul if you know what you have and you don’t want them to. I wrote the song that became ‘Souljacker Part II’ in my head during these 10 days.
“Later we wrote ‘Souljacker Part I’, which is about the ugliness of a soulless life. And then came all the other characters in this world that make up [the album] ‘Souljacker’.”
The confirmed tracklisting for the record is: ‘Dog Faced Boy’
‘That’s Not Really Funny’
‘Woman Driving, Man Sleeping’
‘Souljacker Pt 1’
‘Bus Stop Boxer’
‘World of Shit’
‘Souljacker Pt 2’
‘What is This Note?’