Some good news that wasn't around as I anticipated the most exciting releases of early 2011: Brooklyn's country-psych-folk-etc merchants o'death are gearing up for a new full length and tour dates to match.
MP3: o'death - Bugs
Taken from the forthcoming album Outside, released
April 19th in North America / May 2nd in Europe
Setting off on their more restrained footing with a heavy streak of melancholy, this new song quickly takes off on a faster track powered by nervously swift percussion and a subtle dash of banjo. It flies by in just over two minutes, mounted in the regular and immediate lyrical refrain of "I've been wasting most my time, living for the day / When like bugs we figured out, how to make life stay."
Less menacing than the material I adored on last album Broken Hymns, Limbs & Skin - although the supremely atmospheric artwork does make up for this visually - this is no less intricately addictive and bodes well for the new album Outside due for release here in April.
Catch the band on tour out West next if you're on the sunnier side over there. They also return across the country during April in support of the release, with a Brooklyn show scheduled for the Knitting Factory on April 15th.