Deafheaven have just dropped the first song from the forthcoming new album Sunbather, titled “Dream House”, now on NPR.org.
Sunbather, recorded and engineered by Jack Shirley (Funeral Diner, Comadre) and designed by Nick Steinhardt (Touche Amore), deals with the profound sadness found in the quest for one’s personal perfection, serving as an artistic lucid dream of warmth despite the stinging pain of life’s cruel idealism.
With opener “Dream House”, George Clarke‘s tortured vocals familiarly intertwine with Kerry McCoy‘s hypnotic guitar work before crashing into a wash of post-everything melody. This leads to the moving instrumental “Irresistible”, a track that carries a twisted indie-like sensibility buried beneath glittery layers of guitar and piano. However, it is in the title track and beyond where the maturation and growth of Deafheaven brightly shines. On Sunbather, they explore sonic peaks and valleys created by superb percussionist Daniel Tracy (new to the band for this recording). Daniel’s inclusion brings new dynamics to light as an urgent pulse to the swirling musical chaos, pushing bleak epic “Vertigo” and the dark emotional closer “The Pecan Tree” to new, awe-inducing heights. Without question Sunbather is Deafheaven at the peak of their creative strength and vision of their young existence; a 7-song, masterfully crafted work of art that will be renowned for years to come.
Sunbather Track List (Available June 11, 2013 on Deathwish Inc)
1. Dream House
4. Please Remember
7. The Pecan Tree
DEAFHEAVEN – ON TOUR
01.05.13 Norway Oslo @ Revolver w/ The Secret
02.05.13 Sweden Stockholm @ IOGT-huset i Skarpnäck w/ The Secret
03.05.13 Germany Rostock @ Alte Zuckerfabrik w/ The Secret
04.05.13 Holland Arnhem @ Willemeen w/ The Secret
06.05.13 UK Nottingham @ Rock City Basement w/ The Secret
07.05.13 UK Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks w/ The Secret
08.05.13 UK Leeds @ The Library w/ The Secret
09.05.13 UK London @ Borderline w/ The Secret
10.05.13 Germany Köln @ MTC w/ The Secret
13.05.13 Russia Moscow @ Plan B
14.05.13 Russia St. Petersburg @ Arktika
5.22.13 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop
5.23.13 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5.24.13 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex