In the years since Lambchop’s electrified 2016 release FLOTUS, Kurt Wagner’s legendary alt-country ensemble have covered Prince’s “When You Were Mine,” debuted a mini-documentary, and shared a reworked version of FLOTUS’ “The Hustle.” Now the Nashville mainstay is back, with Bon Iver/Hiss Golden Messenger drummer Matthew McCaughan in tow, to announce the forthcoming confessional This (is what I wanted to tell you). It’s technically their thirteenth full-length since 1994’s debut, but they’re pushing it as their fourteenth. Maybe it’s just superstition, but the band’s press release reads: “Like all the other tallest buildings in the world, Lambchop skips No. 13.”
Today’s lead single, “The December-ish You,” preserves Lambchop’s digitized Auto-Tune adornment of recent years. But Wagner’s erratically distorted falsetto is both intimate and disarming. It’s a jazzy slow-burner with a haunted chill. Woven in between reflections on weather and everyday letdowns exist sharp and confrontational lyrics: “I’m not your dick, I’m not your rich, I’m not your bitch/ Empowerment was always/ In the eye of the beholder.”
Listen and watch the accompanying visualizer below. And make sure to check out This’s tracklist.
01 “The New Isn’t So You Anymore”
02 “Crosswords, Or What This Says About You”
03 “Everything For You”
04 “The Lasting Last Of You”
05 “The Air Is Heavy And I Should Be Listening To You”
06 “The December-ish You”
07 “This Is What I Wanted To Tell You”
This (is what I wanted to tell you) is out 3/22 via City Slang/Merge. Pre-order it here.