A few months ago, the Wrens announced that the long-awaited follow-up to their 2003 masterpiece The Meadowlands was finally complete and sent off to mastering. It wasn’t the first time they’d announced it — or even the second — but they seem pretty serious about it this time, and they’re making good on that promise by actually releasing a song.
Of course, this is the Wrens we’re talking about, so it can’t be as easy as just putting it up on SoundCloud or something. Instead, Pitchfork reports that “Three Types Of Reading Ambiguity,” which we heard an outtake from earlier this year and was apparently written seven years ago, is being released on a limited edition cassette by Esopus Magazine as a part of their premium subscription package. The custom-designed tape features a “longer, unique version” of the new Wrens song — described by Esopus as “a transcendent exploration of the reckoning with mortality that accompanies middle age” — on one side and an alternate version by artist Beth Campbell on the other, and it also comes with a print of a new drawing by Campbell, a foldout poster of Charles Bissell’s lyrics, and a download code with music and videos.
Esopus also released a podcast featuring interviews with Bissell and Campbell discussing the project and including excerpts from both songs. You can listen to that and check out more pictures of the packaging below.
The tape will be sent to subscribers in November, and the new Wrens album should be out sometime next year.