New John Vanderslice – “Fetal Horses” (Stereogum Premiere)

When Jessica spoke with John Vanderslice about his upcoming seventh album Romanian Names, he told her:

A lot of songs are about the difficulty of being in love, and the difficulty of being in a relationship … When you’re in a very, very close relationship, there’s a mirror in front of you all the time. So a lot of the songs, for me, are about that mirrored self and that almost suffocating thing that happens.

He also mentioned his Romanian plan had been to write “a bunch of shorter, faster songs that were all about melody lines.” While “Fetal Horses” is (very) clearly about the sadder moments in relationships and their aftermaths (stealing one lover from another, etc.), it’s the longest of the album’s 12 tracks … and one of the slowest and most melancholy. It’s also one of the best. (Well, the Elliott Smith-redolent “Oblivion”‘s is nice, too, and it’s also rather slow.) Take a look at the blue-sky album art while you go “Fetal.”

John Vanderslice – “Fetal Horses” (MP3)

The Names:

01 “Tremble And Tear”
02 “Fetal Horses”
03 “C&O Canal”
04 “Too Much Time”
05 “D.I.A.L.O.”
06 “Forest Knolls”
07 “Oblivion”
08 “Sunken Union Boat”
09 “Romanian Names”
10 “Carina Constellation”
11 “Summer Stock”
12 “Hard Times”

Romanian Names is out 5/19 via Dead Oceans. This is the live itinerary, for now. More dates will be announced soon.

05/17 – Merced, CA @ The Partisan
05/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw
05/21 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
05/22 – Seattle, WA @ Easy Street
05/24 – George, WA @ Sasquatch!
05/27 – Provo, UT @ Velour
05/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
05/29 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
05/30 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr
06/06 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
06/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol Museum
06/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williambsurg

[Photo of John by Autumn de Wilde