Pelican, have announced their first full length in six years, Nighttime Stories, is due June 7th via Southern Lord Recordings. The eight-song set marks the band’s first release written front to back with guitarist Dallas Thomas, who took over guitar duties upon founding member Laurent Schroeder-Lebec’s departure in 2012.
In conjunction with the 7” and tour announce, Southern Lord have just digitally released a deluxe reissue of the quartet’s 2013 album Forever Becoming, featuring vastly improved mix and mastering of the original songs replete with a revised version of the previously Japan-only bonus track “Bardo.”
Initially recorded by Chris Common under optimal conditions at Chicago’s Electrical Audio, Forever Becoming was mixed in less-than-ideal circumstances at a makeshift studio in Los Angeles, yielding mixes that varnished the incredible tones generated during tracking.
In the meantime, listen below to the brand new song “Mignight and Mescaline“.
Nighttime Stories was an album title initially proposed for Tusk, the hallucinatory art-grind band that included Pelican members Trevor Shelley de Brauw, Larry Herweg, and Schroeder-Lebec, in addition to vocalist Jody Minnoch.
The writing of Nighttime Stories was instigated shortly after Minnoch’s unexpected death in 2014, and some of the dissonant viscera and dark psychedelic structures that were characteristic of Tusk’s sound began to unconsciously inform the album’s direction. In homage to their departed colleague, Pelican applied the previously discarded title and pulled many of the song titles from notes Minnoch had sent to inspire the direction of the unrealized album.
Nighttime Stories tracklist:
2. Midnight and Mescaline
3. Abyssal Plain
4. Cold Hope
5. It Stared at Me
6. Nighttime Stories
7. Arteries of Blacktop
8. Full Moon, Black Water
PELICAN UPCOMING TOUR DATES
June 20 – Ferndale – Loving Touch^
June 21 – Toronto – Lee’s Palace
June 22 – Montreal – Bar de Ritz
June 23 – Boston – Great Scott
June 24 – New York – Brooklyn Bazaar*
June 25 – Philadelphia – Boot & Saddle*
June 26 – Baltimore – Ottobar
June 27 – Pittsburgh – Club Cafe
June 28 – Cincinnati – Northshore Yacht Club
June 29 – Chicago – Metro+