New Built To Spill – “Things Fall Apart” (Stereogum Premiere)

brandon | September 21, 2009 - 8:56 am

When Doug Martsch spoke with Jessica, he talked about aging gracefully:

We have a bunch of records out. There’s no hurry for us to sell music. We can put out a a record every five or six years, and that’s plenty of Built to Spill music. The world doesn’t need a new Built to Spill record every year,” he says. “A new band, I could totally see that. It’s exciting to hear them put out a couple records in a hurry, but a band like us, we’re just fine.

The band’s seventh album There Is No Enemy is their first since 2006’s You In Reverse. Not a massive wait, no, but longer than some digital-age upstarts’ entire careers. You get a sense of the group’s wizened calm in slow-building standout “Things Fall Apart.” The title’s possibly a reference to William Butler Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” but the story’s more about apocalypse on an intimate scale: Still, check out the rousing trumpet solo.

“Things Fall Apart”

Here’s another album track, “Hindsight”:

The tracklist again, so you can begin piecing together the overall picture:

01 “Aisle 13″
02 “Hindsight”
03 “Nowhere Lullaby”
04 “Good Ol’ Boredom”
05 “Life’s A Dream”
06 “Oh Yeah”
07 “Pat”
08 “Done”
09 “Planting Seeds”
10 “Things Fall Apart”
11 “Tomorrow”

There Is No Enemy is out 10/6 via Warner Bros. The tour is happening right now:

09/21 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
09/23 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
09/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avene
09/25 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
09/26 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
09/27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
09/28 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub
09/29 – St. Louis, MO @ The Peageant
10/01 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/02 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
10/03 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/04 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
10/06 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place
10/08 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theater
10/09 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/10 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/11 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/13 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/20 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/21 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
10/22 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater #
10/23 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live #
10/24 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s #
10/25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom #
10/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
10/28 – Tucson, AZ @ Dry River
11/15 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
11/17 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight
11/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/19 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
11/20 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
11/21 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy

# = w/ Dinosaur Jr.