Washington drone metal faves Earth will be shaking the ground beneath us once again, having announced a new album is on the way. Though an exact arrival time is still TBD, the group's Primitive and Deadly is due in September through Southern Lord.
Apparently, the meditative stoner tendencies of Earth's song structures have been toned down for this release, with a press release both noting that the group "allow themselves to be a rock band" on Primitive and Deadly and that the song cycle has them "approaching traditional pop structures."
Part of the more direct approach is steered by guest vocal turns from Mark Lanegan and Rose WIndows' Rabia Shaheen Qazi, while the band's core of guitarist Dylan Carlson and drummer Adrienne Davies are joined by bassist Fred Herzog. Extra guitar work also comes courtesy of Brett Netson (Built to Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows).
Though a full tracklisting has not yet been made available, folk flavours are said to be explored on "Rooks Across the Gates," while "From the Zodiacal Light" apparently takes a "freaked-out jazz-rock" approach.
Early tracking was done out at Joshua Tree's Rancho de la Luna, but the recordings were later edited and arranged at Seattle's Avast Studios with producer Randall Dunn, who had previously worked with Earth on Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method, The Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull and Hibernaculum.
Before Primitive and Deadly's September release, Southern Lord will stir up anticipation for the set by delivering vinyl represses of Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method and The Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull on June 24. Also about to be released is a solo set from Carlson called Gold, which will be released on June 17.
Earth also have a number of overseas dates to get through this summer. You'll find their show schedule here.