My Morning Jacket: ‘The Waterfall II,’ First New Album Since 2015, Out This Friday 7/10

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Jim James and My Morning Jacket have been busy finishing up a new record, the follow-up to 2015’s The Waterfall — and this Friday, July 10, the long-running indie/experimental band will release The Waterfall II.

The first new album from the group since 2015’s The Waterfall and the second half of recording sessions carried out at a studio called Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, Ca., the new material was inspired by what a press release refers to as “a sense of charmed isolation that frontman Jim James likened to ‘living on our own little moon.'”

The Waterfall was released in 2015 to massive acclaim and earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. Faced with a wealth of material at the time, MMJ decided not to release it all at once, holding back half of it for a future release … and the future is now. The track listing:

Spinning My Wheels
Still Thinkin
Climbing The Ladder
Feel You
Beautiful Love (Wasn’t Enough)
Magic Bullet
Run It
Welcome Home
The First Time

More on the record, per a news release:

As James reveals, the decision to unearth The Waterfall II was sparked from a bit of serendipity in the early days of self-quarantine. While out on a walk, he placed his music library on shuffle and soon stumbled upon “Spinning My Wheels,” a tender rumination on the struggle for presence, its lyrics confessing to feeling “hypnotized from doing the same old thing.” Struck by the song’s enduring relevance, James revisited the other tracks reserved from the Panoramic House sessions and found that they invited a welcome moment of self-reflection—an outcome perhaps even more perfectly suited to the chaos of the current day than the circumstances of their recording.

Like its predecessor, The Waterfall II mines its mood of dreamy contemplation from certain heartbreak James had recently experienced, including the demise of a monumental relationship. Unfolding in a loosely threaded narrative of loss and recovery, the album conjures an indelible pain but never drifts into despair, gracefully conveying James’s message that “there is hope beyond the pain and loss, if you learn to flow with life like water.”

The album will be available on streaming platforms on 7/10, with CD/vinyl editions scheduled for release on Aug. 28. More:

Fans will get to hear The Waterfall II in its entirety during an online listening party being hosted by the band on Facebook and YouTube at 9pm ET this Thursday, July 9 before the album arrives at all DSPs on July 10. Album pre-orders, including both standard and deluxe versions featuring 180-gram vinyl with Zoetrope labels in a gatefold foil jacket, are available now. 

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