Written by Mark Linkous, who sang, played guitar, Wurlitzer, mellotron, Casio, optigan, samplers and drum machines among other instruments, it was co-produced and mixed by Fridmann and John Parish, who also played various instruments.
They were joined by Harvey, Nina Persson, Waits, who receives the only co-writing credit on the album track ‘Dog Door’ and Sparklehorse regular Scott Minor on drums.
Linkous, who has previously supported Radiohead, takes his show on the road to premiere the new tracks next week, with UK shows at London Borderline on April 9, 10 and 11.
The touring line-up, which he describes as his “new touring pop group”, includes Margaret White (violin, bass, keyboards), Al Weatherhead (guitar, pedal steel, keyboards), Kendall Meade (aka Mascott, keyboards, bass) and Minor (drums).
‘It’s A Wondeful Life’ follows on June 11.