By Shannon Carlin
It’s been a big morning for My Morning Jacket, who marked their return by making three big announcements.
First, the guys are back with their first album in four years. The follow-up to 2011’s Circuital, named The Waterfall, drops May 4 on ATO.
In a statement, frontman Jim James talked about the themes of the new album, which sound rather mature and interstellar.
“What fused this record is, I feel like it’s a weird turning point for the universe. I feel like so many people I know are getting divorced or having kids. There’s so much change going on and I feel like, for me, that one chapter has ended,” he said. “And if you’re looking at a book, there’s a hand flipping the page up and it’s in between the chapter you just finished and the one that’s getting ready to start. That’s kind of the sound of this record, and my life, the sound of the page turning and not being sure what’s coming next.”
With the announcement of the new album, came the big reveal of a new single, “Big Decisions,” which has James asking over a slide guitar, “What do you want me to do? Make all the big decisions for you?” Well, he can’t.
And finally, the band announced they’re hitting the road this summer, kicking things off on May 15 in Athens, GA for a four-month long tour.