E’s back with a new self-produced album next week. We’ve been making some noise about it — it’s his best since Daisies. “End Times” is the track that gives the collection its name, a three-minute distillation of the record’s sublime despondence. It’s stripped and raw — just a scraggly weatherbeaten voice, a guitar, and the faint hum of a Rhodes — and quietly devastating. Puddles and cats in heat and a town crier claiming the apocalypse is here. Peripheral details of city life easily absorbed or ignored by most, but not by the broken-hearted; for the broken-hearted these are fundamental facts mirroring an inner-world fallen apart. It ends: “I can hear it loud and clear / the world is ending and what do I care / she’s gone end times are here.” Cry into your coffee cup:

End Times is out 1/19 via Vagrant. It’s available in a number of formats, including vinyl.

Comments (7)
  1. Courtney M  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

    How in the world do you download this

  2. Emma Blackburn  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

    When is E’s album out I must have it now!

    • Charlie  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

      It’s out next week, as the article says =P

      Also in reply to the main article: srely you mean it’s his best since Blinking Lights and Other Revelations! Mind you, I think Eels have been consistently great. Can’t wait for this one.

  3. John  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

    I enjoyed this.

  4. JLM  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    You guys need to learn what a Rhodes sounds like. A Rhodes is an electric piano. The faint hum in this song sounds like an organ. A Rhodes is not an organ.

  5. Colby Ellis  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    i have loved the E even since his earlier work in A Broken Toyshop. i have been counting down END TIMES until the last possible second. i would not be the person i am today if i hadnt met E

  6. Chris  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    It’s definitely an organ. Besides, I don’t know that E’s ever played a Rhodes electric piano live or on an album. I believe he exclusively uses a Wurlitzer 140 live, and for some reason I think I’ve heard of him using a Pianet. But that’s just geeking out…

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