New Fiery Furnaces – “The End is Near” (Stereogum Premiere)

When we reported on the ever productive, conceptually minded Fiery Furnaces forthcoming eighth album I’m Going Away, we passed along Eleanor and Matt’s essential Taxi vs. Titanic theories, noted the 12-song collection was recorded and mixed by Sebadoh’s Jason Loewenstein (who also played bass on it), and passed along the label’s description of the dozen songs as “’70s sunshine-glazed piano pop, filled with cascading note slides, head-nodding grooves.” We couldn’t confirm or deny anything at that point, and though I’m not one to use the words “head-nodding grooves,” they really weren’t lying. At all. See for yourself with the bouncy, faux-inspirational piano-woven sing-along “The End Is Near.” It’s akin to Mr. Rogers doing Gallowsbird Bark, a doomed Lady Elaine in tote.

The Fiery Furnaces – “The End Is Near” (MP3)

“The End Is Near” single is out 6/23 on 12″ vinyl and digitally, and it comes with non-album tracks “Teddy’s On Kent” and an alternate version of “Charmaine Champagne.” The I’m Going Away LP is out 7/21 via Thrill Jockey.