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Mercury Rev Announce New Album, ‘The Light in You,’ With New Song and Tour Dates

It's the avant-pop outfit's first since 2008's 'Slowflake Midnight'

Mercury Rev haven’t released a new album since 2008’s Slowflake Midnight, but today they’ve announced plans to unveil a new record called The Light in You on September 18 via Bella Union. The news comes with a brand-new single, too, titled “The Queen of Swans.”

Discussing the time between albums in a press release, lead singer Jonathan Donahue says, “It was one of those otherworldly life sequences, when everything you think is solid turns molten, but also, when something is worth saying, it can take a long time to say it, rather than just blurt it out.”

Regarding the song itself, which is a sweetly atmospheric track layered with string accents and a slow-building breakdown, Donahue says, “You can go as deep as you want with the title, on a metaphorical, spiritual level, or just poetic license. It’s the beacon that shines and allows us to see ourselves – and then there’s the music between Grasshopper and I, which is how we reflect each other. The arc of the album, lyrically, is someone who’s gone through an incredible period of turbulence, sadness and uncertainty, and as the album progresses, a light appears on the water.”


The Light In You track list:

1. “The Queen Of Swans
2. “Amelie”
3. “You’ve Gone With So Little For So Long”
4. “Central Park East”
5. “Emotional Freefall”
6. “Coming Up For Air”
7. “Autumn’s In The Air”
8. “Are You Ready?”
9. “Sunflower”
10. “Moth Light”
11. “Rainy Day Record”

Mercury Rev tour dates:

September 18 – Tilburg @ Incubate Festival
October 4 – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
October 5 – Bristol @ Trinity
November 6 – Copenhagen @ DR Studio 2
November 8 – Brussels @ Botanique Orangerie
November 9 – Koln @ Studio 672
November 11 – Berlin @ Postbahnhof
November 13 – Zagreb @ Lauba
November 14 – Ravenna @ Bronson
November 15  – Munich @ Kranhalle
November 16 – Paris @ Alhambra
November 17 – BRIGHTON @ Komedia
November 19 – Gateshead @ The Sage
November 20 – Glasgow @ Art School
November 22- Dublin @ Button Factory
November 23 – Manchester @ RNCM

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