Out Now: My Morning Jacket Returns with New Album ‘The Waterfall II,’ Band’s First in Five Years (Listen)

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Earlier this week, My Morning Jacket dropped a bit of surprise news when the band revealed it would be releasing The Waterfall II, its first new album in five years and the second half of the album sessions that spawned 2015’s The Waterfall. The album is now available digitally, via ATO Records, with a physical release following on Aug. 28.

The record is the result of the second half of recording sessions carried out at a studio called Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, Ca. Te 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 Waterfall II ought to please a sizable portion of My Morning jacket’s dedicated fan base, and the surprise announcement of its release came at the perfect time.

Listen to the album below, via Spotify:

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.”

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