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Jonathan Meiburg is an artist ahead of his time, titling Shearwater’s most recent release Snow Leopard well before Apple could get their paws on it. That said his band’s next release seems to recall the past instead, at least according to Matador, who offer up a free MP3 and promise that the forthcoming Golden Archipelago LP “recall[s] opuses like Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love,?Hüsker Dü’s Zen Arcade and classic Pink Floyd.” Over the Palo Santo and Rook LPs Shearwater’s filtered the atmospheric dynamism of Talk Talk and the instrumentation of baroque indie outfits to increasingly refined results, all while turning a lyrical eye to ecological concerns; to that end “Castaways” could work as a soundtrack to a flyover montage in a Planet Earth type doc, less structurally progressive than rousingly anthemic. The new LP comes with a 50-page perfect-bound book of JM’s dossier featuring pictures and details from the “Falklands to Madgascar”and “the Bikini Atoll to the Tierra Del Fuego,” and it’s first shot is fit for the start of said safari.


(via Matablog, where you can download the MP3 in 256K if you so desire)

The Golden Archipelago is out next year via Matador. Get 15% off until the street date by pre-ordering.

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Comments (6)
  1. laura  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

    why isn’t this band bigger? every one of their releases gives me goosebumps.

    • Steven  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

      I agree with Laura completely. And this song is so wonderful. I’m very much looking forward to this. Rook was my favorite album of that year. From what I’ve heard on their main site and with this new single out this could very well make the top of my 2010 list.

    • bsquare  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2009 0

      Well they’re pretty fucking huge online, aren’t they? Well maybe not exactly huge but still quite big?

  2. Nate  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

    I hate to be that guy, but the LPs are Rook and Palo Santo, not Palo Alto.

  3. This is my most anticipated release for next year, and, after hearing this, I can’t imagine it being anything less than the best of 2010.

  4. Yeah, this song sounds amazing. I loved Rook. Definitely an album I’m looking forward to.

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