The New Pornographers have announced new album ‘Continue As A Guest’ and shared the first single ‘Really Really Light’ – listen below.
The indie-rock band will release the new record on March 31 via Merge, their first LP since 2019’s ‘In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights’. You can pre-save the new release here.
First single ‘Really Really Light’, co-written with Dan Bejar, is a new version of a track that was left off 2014’s ‘Brill Bruisers‘, frontman A.C. Newman shared in a press release.
“Part of my process throughout the years has been messing with things I never finished,” he said.
“I really liked Dan’s chorus, and for a while I was just trying to write something that I felt like belonged with it. I was thinking of the Aloe Blacc song ‘The Man’ which interpolated the chorus from Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ and thought it would be fun to interpolate a song that no one knows.
“Not trying to sound like Aloe Blacc, just doing some interpolating of my own. It became a game of writing a verse that felt like a part of the same song. In my mind, I was striving for a little Jeff Lynne-era Tom Petty, a classic go-to.”
The song also arrives with a music video directed by Christian Cerezo, in which dancer Svetlana Tulasi ice skates on the concrete floor of an empty warehouse.
Listen to the new track and watch the accompanying video below.
Elaborating on the new album title, Newman said: “The idea of continuing as a guest felt very apropos to the times.
“Feeling out of place in culture, in society – not feeling like a part of any zeitgeist, but happy to be separate and living your simple life, your long fade-out. Find your own little nowhere, find some space to fall apart, continue as a guest.”
Find the tracklist and album artwork below.
‘Continue As A Guest’
1. Really Really Light
2. Pontius Pilate’s Home Movies
3. Cat and Mouse With the Light
4. Last and Beautiful
5. Continue as a Guest
6. Bottle Episodes
7. Marie and the Undersea
9. Firework in the Falling Snow
10. Wish Automatic Suite
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— New Pornographers (@TheNewPornos) January 9, 2023
The band has also announced a North American tour across April and May 2023, kicking off in Asheville, North Carolina on April 19, with stops in New Orleans, Chicago, New York and more, before rounding up in Saxapahaw, North Carolina on May 21. Wild Pink will perform as support on all dates.
Pre-sale begins January 10 at 10am local time, while general sale starts this Friday (January 13) at 10am local time. Find the full list of dates below and purchase your tickets here.
The New Pornographers 2023 North American Tour:
19 – Salvage Station, Asheville
20 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta
21 – Tipitina’s, New Orleans
22 – White Oak Music Hall, Houston
23 – Studio at The Factory, Dallas
25 – Paramount, Austin
26 – Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City
27 – Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis
28 – The Waiting Room, Omaha
29 – The Truman, Kansas City
30 – Gothic Theatre, Denver
3 – Gothic Theatre, St. Paul
4 – Turner Hall, Milwaukee
5 – Thalia Hall, Chicago
6 – Thalia Hall, Chicago
8 – Memorial Hall, Cincinnati
9 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus
11 – El Clubm, Detroit
12 – Danforth, Toronto
13 – Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington
14 – Wall Street Theater, Norwalk
15 – Royale, Boston
17 – Brooklyn Steel, New York
18 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia
19 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
21 – Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw
The tour celebrated two unique anniversaries for the band: The “21st birthday” of their debut album ‘Mass Romantic’, and the “sweet 16th” of their 2005 album ‘Twin Cinema’.