Shearwater announce new album The Great Awakening

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Shearwater have announced a new album, their first in six years. On June 10, they’ll release The Great Awakening via Polyborus in partnership with Secretly Distribution. The first single is “Xenarthran,” which you can check out below via a new video directed by Emily Cross (Loma, Cross Record).

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg says of the new track, “Xenarthrans are the ‘strange-jointed’ mammals, which mostly live in South America: armadillos, anteaters, and sloths. Only one species of armadillo has wandered up to the southern U.S., and while we were recording The Great Awakening in Texas, I often saw them scurrying dimly through fields at dusk or snuffling in the mud after a rainstorm, and I couldn’t help admiring them. They’d walked thousands of miles on their wispy little feet, long noses to the ground, trundling into alien landscapes filled with unfamiliar dangers. This song, and Emily’s eerie video, aren’t about armadillos, exactly—but they are about making your way through the dark spaces of a menacing but still very beautiful world. The roaring sounds near the end are howler monkeys I recorded in Guyana.”

Shearwater’s last album was 2016’s Jet Plane and Oxbow.

Shearwater new album Great Awakening

Shearwater The Great Awakening tracklist:

1. Highgate
2. No Reason
3. Xenarthran
4. Laguna Seca  
5. Everyone You Touch
6. Empty Orchestra
7. Milkweed
8. Detritivore  
9. Aqaba
10. There Goes The Sun
11. Wind Is Love

Shearwater’s Palo Santo is featured on our list, A History of Indie Folk in 45 Albums.

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