Published May 12, 2011Almost like clockwork, Chicago's Fruit Bats project continues to release albums on a regular basis. Last May, we reported that the folk pop group helmed by Eric Johnson were to release their fourth album, The Ruminant Band, in August 2010. Now one year later, we're happy to announce a fifth Fruit Bats album set for release in August of this year.
The record is called Tripper, and a press release explains that the release is based on a story that Johnson has been trying to tell for years. He tried writing a short story, a play and even a movie, but it finally manifested itself in the form of album track "Tony the Tripper." The song sets the tone for the album apparently, setting up "bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself," according to the PR.
Tripper was recorded with Vetiver/Devendra Banhart producer Thom Monahan at WACS Studio in Los Angeles. Johnson explains that Monahan took painstaking details to complete the record, saying, "He would say, 'I'm going to put a reverb on your vocals that you can't even hear, but it will sound better.'"
Sub Pop will release Tripper on August 2. An unreleased non-album track featuring J Mascis can be downloaded below.