Indie rock supergroup The New Pornographers are gearing up for the release of their new album, Continue as a Guest, which is due out March 31 via Merge Records. This will be their first for the venerable indie label. In advance of it, they’ve shared a new single called “Really Really Light”, which you can hear below.
The 10-track collection was produced by A.C. Newman and features Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey, Zach Djanikian, and Joe Seiders — and includes writing contributions from Dan Bejar and Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz, sad13).
Anchored by sci-fi blips, complex vocal harmonies, and drumming that aims to undermine the walls we place around ourselves, “Really Really Light” finds the band doing what they do best: unending indie rock tropes and creating art from emotional volatility. It’s a great introduction to the album and sets the bar high for what’s to come.
Newman recalls the genesis of “Really Really Light”: “Part of my process throughout the years has been messing with things I never finished. 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.“
Check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below and watch the Christian Cerezo-directed video for “Really Really Light”.
April 19: Asheville, NC—Salvage Station* April 20: Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse* April 21: New Orleans, LA—Tipitina’s* April 22: Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall* April 23: Dallas, TX—Studio at The Factory* April 25: Austin, TX—Paramount* April 26: Oklahoma City, OK—Tower Theatre* April 27: St. Louis, MO—Sheldon Concert Hall* April 28: Omaha, NE—The Waiting Room* April 29: Kansas City, MO—The Truman* April 30: Denver, CO—Gothic Theatre* May 3: St. Paul, MN—The Fitzgerald* May 4: Milwaukee, WI—Turner Hall* May 5: Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall* May 6: Chicago, IL— Thalia Hall* May 8: Cincinnati, OH—Memorial Hall* May 9: Columbus, OH—Newport Music Hall* May 11: Detroit, MI—El Club* May 12: Toronto, ON—Danforth* May 13: Burlington, VT—Higher Ground Ballroom* May 14: Norwalk, CT— Wall Street Theater* May 15: Boston, MA—Royale* May 17: New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel* May 18: Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer* May 19: Washington, DC—9:30 Club* May 21: Saxapahaw, NC—Haw River Ballroom* *with Wild Pink
The New Pornographers’ latest album, Continue as a Guest (pre-order), is due out March 31 via Merge Records. Keep up with the band on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.