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Hear Built to Spill’s Jangly New Single, ‘Understood’

Band's debut album for Sub Pop arrives on September 9
Built to Spill
(Credit: Alex Graham)

Built to Spill has released “Understood,” the second single from When the Wind Forgets Your Name, its debut album for new label Sub Pop. The track was inspired by daredevil Evel Knievel’s unsuccessful 1974 jump over Snake River Canyon in Built to Spill frontman Doug Martch’s hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho.

As previously reported, When the Wind Forgets Your Name is out on September 9 and features a new Built to Spill lineup with Martsch backed by Brazilian musicians Lê Almeida and João Casaes. Martsch is currently on tour with a different rhythm section, consisting of bassist Melanie Radford and drummer Teresa Esguerra.


“Making When the Wind Forgets Your Name was such a great experience,” Martsch says. “I had an incredible time traveling and recording with Almeida and Casaes. I also learned so much about Brazilian culture and music while creating it. My Portuguese was terrible when I first met Almeida and Casaes, but by the end of the year it was even worse.”