Blitzen Trapper – “Heaven And Earth”

Blitzen Trapper will release their fifth album in June. I spoke to Eric Earley for a Progress Report back in June about writing Destroyer of the Void. Since he never stops writing, he didn’t know exactly which songs he would corral for the next album, and since Blitzen Trapper can be all over place, even direction was hard to pin down. Earley predicted richer narratives though:

One of them is an autobiographical sort of story that’s kinda fictionalized. There’s one called ‘The Tailor.’ It’s about this guy’s journey. He comes from the sea and creates his family out of electricity and his life takes these turns and he becomes this tailor in a foreign land and he’s called before the king. It’s stuff like that — these strange fables or parables. But they all have meaning for me and they all have lines in them that I think are important and that serve to make the songs meaningful.

“The Tailor” made it to Destroyer of the Void, and it has as many reincarnations and fairytale arcs as promised. But the first taste from Sub Pop, “Heaven And Earth” reads a lot more straight forward — first-person lyrics, impressions instead of narrative. Strings (arranged by Efterklang siblings Peter Broderick and Heather Woods Broderick) and a piano accompany Earley’s voice, though his voice is the focus here. While lots of Blitzen Trapper songs twist, this is a nice turn: reflective and restrained, with a graceful lyrical symmetry.
Blitzen Trapper – “Heaven And Earth” (MP3)

Destroyer of the Void is out 6/8 via Sub Pop. The tracklist:

01 “Destroyer of the Void”
02 “Laughing Lover”
03 “Below The Hurricane”
04 “The Man Who Would Speak True”
05 “Love and Hate”
06 “Heaven and Earth”
07 “Dragon’s Song”
08 “The Tree” (feat. Alela Diane)
09 “Evening Star”
10 “Lover Leave Me Drowning”
11 “The Tailor”
12 “Sadie”

Tour dates:

03/28 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Kennedy School
05/15 – Minehead, England @ Butlins (ATP Festival)
05/17 – London, England @ Borderline
05/18 – Utrecht, Holland @ Tivoli
05/19 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
05/20 – Groningen, Holland @ Vera
06/02 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
06/03 – Missoula, MT @ The Palace
06/04 – Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station
06/06 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
06/07 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
06/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
06/10 – Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo Music Festival)
06/13 – Charlotte NC @ Tremont Music Hall (Casbah)
06/14 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
06/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
06/16 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
06/18 – Lancaster, PA @ TBA
06/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Club
06/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ TBA
06/21 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
06/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
06/24 – Aspen, CO @ TBA
06/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ TBA
06/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
06/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
07/01 – Quincy, CA (High Sierra Music Festival)
07/02 – Quincy, CA (High Sierra Music Festival)
08/01 – Montreal, Quebec (Osheaga Festival)