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Shearwater reveals new album: Animal Joy

By ; November 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM 

Yesterday we told you that Shearwater would be touring North America with Sharon Van Etten who will be supporting her new album, Tramp, but little did we know that Shearwater would be supporting their new album too.

The Texan band has revealed that their new album will be called Animal Joy and comes out on February 14th. It will be their debut release for new label Sub Pop.

The album was recorded by Danny Reisch in Austin, Texas, and they got popular indie producer Peter Katis to mix it. The album features Andy Stack from Wye Oak as a guest, though he plays guitar, keyboard, and saxophone rather than his usual drums. Additional guests include Scott Brackett on keyboards, Cully Symington on additional drums, Sam Lipman on clarinet, and Elaine Barber on harp.

Shearwater’s previous three albums Palo Santo, Rook and The Golden Archipelago were named “The Island Arc Trilogy,” and now that that arc is over it seems they’re going in a new direction with their sound; the press release reveals that “No strings or glockenspiels were touched during the making of this album.”

Animal Joy‘s track list and Shearwater’s tour dates with Sharon Van Etten are below.

Animal Joy track list:

01. Animal Life
02. Breaking the Yearlings
03. Dread Sovereign
04. You as You Were
05. Insolence
06. Immaculate
07. Open Your Houses
08. Run the Banner Down
09. Pushing the River
10. Believing Makes It Easy
11. Star of the Age

Tour dates (all w/ Sharon Van Etten)

2/10/2012 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda’s
2/11/2012 Washington DC Black Cat
2/12/2012 Carrboro NC Cat’s Cradle
2/14/2012 Columbus OH Wexner Center
2/15/2012 Newport KY The Southgate House
2/16/2012 Chicago IL Lincoln Hall
2/17/2012 Chicago IL Lincoln Hall
2/18/2012 Minneapolis MN Cedar Cultural Centre
2/21/2012 Toronto ON Lee’s Palace
2/22/2012 Montreal QC Il Motore
2/23/2012 Boston MA Paradise
2/24/2012 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
2/25/2012 New York NY Bowery Ballroom


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