Freakwater – “The Asp And The Albatross” (Stereogum Premiere)

Freakwater’s brand of music sits comfortably between the edges of alternative and country, but their latest single “The Asp And The Albatross” leans heavily towards the latter. The track is taken from the skewed Kentucky roots rock band’s forthcoming album Scheherazade, their first since 2005’s Thinking Of You and their first for Bloodshot Records rather than longtime label home Thrill Jockey. It’s a formidable return from the Eleventh Dream Day and Califone affiliates, bathed in folkish guitars and light vocals to emanate a warm and homey sound. Listen below, where you can also find a tracklist and release info.

01 “What The People Want”
02 “The Asp And The Albatross”
03 “Bolshevik And Bollweevil”
04 “Down Will Come Baby”
05 “Falls Of Sleep”
06 “Take Me With You”
07 “Velveteen Matador”
08 “Skinny Knee Bone”
09 “Number One With A Bullet”
10 “Memory Vendor”
11 “Missionfield”
12 “Ghost Song”

Catch them up on their upcoming tour.
11/14 Millheim, PA @ Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
11/15 Millheim, PA @ Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
02/10 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
02/11 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
02/12 Toronto, Canada @ The Drake
02/13 Ithaca, NY @ The Dock
02/14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
02/16 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
02/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddles
02/18 Washington, DC @ DC9
02/20 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
02/21 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
02/23 Denver, CO @ Walnut Room
02/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
02/27 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
02/28 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/01 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/03 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
03/04 Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
03/05 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits
03/07 Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
03/08 Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
03/09 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
03/11 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
03/12 Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
03/13 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
03/14 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
03/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
03/18 Chicago, IL @ The Hideout

Scheherazade will be released 2/2016 on Bloodshot. Pre-order it here. In addition, “The Asp And The Albatross” is available now as a 7″ single; purchase that here.

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