Pelican have announced their first new album in six years, Nighttime Stories, the follow-up to 2013’s Forever Becoming. The instrumental crew, who are now split between Chicago and Los Angeles, have been through some changes in their time away: Nighttime Stories is their first written entirely with new guitarist Dallas Thomas, who joined the band in 2012 after founding member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec departed. Members of the group have also been involved with other projects, like RLYR and Tusk, whose vocalist Jody Minnoch died in 2014. A lot of the record then is, naturally, fueled by loss and upheaval.
In a new interview with The Fader, Trevor Shelley de Brauw says that: “I think this particular set of material sounds dark and negative because there’s a purging quality to these songs. We’re collecting our negativity in this musical zone and pushing it out as a positive release.”
Listen to the album’s lead single, “Midnight And Mescaline,” below. The track will be released on a 7″ this weekend for Record Store Day, alongside unreleased B-side “Darkness On The Stairs.”
02 “Midnight And Mescaline”
03 “Abyssal Pain”
04 “Cold Hope”
05 “It Stared At Me”
06 “Nighttimes Stories”
07 “Arteries Of Blacktop”
08 “Full Moon, Black Water”
Nighttimes Stories is out 6/7 via Southern Lord Records.