By Shannon Carlin
It’s been a big morning for My Morning Jacket, who marked their return by making three big announcements.
First, the guys are back with their first album in four years. The follow-up to 2011’s Circuital, named The Waterfall, drops May 4 on ATO.
In a statement, frontman Jim James talked about the themes of the new album, which sound rather mature and interstellar.
“What fused this record is, I feel like it’s a weird turning point for the universe. I feel like so many people I know are getting divorced or having kids. There’s so much change going on and I feel like, for me, that one chapter has ended,” he said. “And if you’re looking at a book, there’s a hand flipping the page up and it’s in between the chapter you just finished and the one that’s getting ready to start. That’s kind of the sound of this record, and my life, the sound of the page turning and not being sure what’s coming next.”
With the announcement of the new album, came the big reveal of a new single, “Big Decisions,” which has James asking over a slide guitar, “What do you want me to do? Make all the big decisions for you?” Well, he can’t.
And finally, the band announced they’re hitting the road this summer, kicking things off on May 15 in Athens, GA for a four-month long tour.
Check out the tracklist for the album below, along with a full list of tourdates.
1. Believe (Nobody Knows)
2. Compound Fracture
3. Like a River
4. In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
5. Get the Point
6. Spring (Among the Living)
7. Thin Line
8. Big Decisions
9. Tropics (Erase Traces)
10. Only Memories Remain
My Morning Jacket Tour Dates
05/15 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
05/16 Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
05/17 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
05/23 Boston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
06/03 Cleveland, OH – State Theatre *
06/04 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
06/05 New York, NY – Governor’s Ball Music Festival
06/07 Toronto, Ontario – Field Trip Festival
06/09-11 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre ^
06/12-14 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06/16-17 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore ^
06/19 Waverly, IA – Gentlement of the Road Stopover
06/20 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater *
06/23-24 Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre *
06/26 Minneapolis, MN – Northrup Auditorium $
06/27 Minneapolis, MN – Northrup Auditorium %
07/17-19 Louisville, KY – Forecast Festival
07/21 Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion %
07/22 Lewiston, NY – Artpark Series %
07/26 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/28 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre !
07/29 Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre !
07/31 New Orleans, LA – Champions Square !
08/01 St. Augustine, FL – Amphitheatre ~
08/03 Miami, FL – The Fillmore ~
08/04 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live ~
08/07-08 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ~
08/10 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall ~
08/12 St. Louis, MO – The Peabody Opera House $
08/13 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre $
08/14 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @
* with Floating Action
^ Hiss Golden Messenger
$ with Hippo Campus
% with Lizzo
! with Lucius
~ with Mini Mansions
@ with Sylvan Esso