Shearwater’s latest release ‘Animal Joy’ has been marked as a re-birth of an artist by their new label Sub Pop Records. There is no doubt there has been some shifting going on, you only need to listen to the two tracks below (You As You Were, Breaking The Yearlings) to appreciate that this is far removed from their Matador released “Island Arc” trilogy of Palo Santo, Rook and The Golden Archipelago, all of which were amazingly vast pieces of work which we have featured in our playlist over the past few years.
Their new label have a good feeling about this release and have even suggested it is grammy worthy, why wouldn’t they? The new songs are intensely poetic and personal which will stand out and bring attention to the label / sound transition which is far too hard to miss.
We’re looking forward to hearing the rest!
Animal Joy was produced and recorded by Danny Reisch in Austin, Texas, and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jonsi, Frightened Rabbit) in Bridgeport, Connecticut; sessions took place through most of 2011. The album was mastered by Greg Calbi in NYC.
Principal players were Jonathan Meiburg (vocals, guitar, and piano), Kimberly Burke (upright and electric bass) and Thor Harris (drums)—all members of Shearwater since 1999—along with guest performers Andy Stack (of Wye Oak) on guitar, keyboard, and saxophone, Scott Brackett on keyboards, Cully Symington on additional drums, Sam Lipman on clarinet, and Elaine Barber on harp.
Animal Joy is released on Valentines Day, Feb 14th!