After teasing a trio of tracks last summer, Jason Narducy's Split Single project with Spoon's Britt Daniel and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster has unveiled plans to issue its debut LP, Fragmented World.
The 10-song set arrives April 1 and will include the previously revealed tracks "Waiting for the Sun," "Last Goodbye" and "Fragmented World." You can check out the former in the new album trailer down below.
As previously noted, the project is steered by Narducy, who in recent years has played bass in Bob Mould's backing band, Telekinesis and filled in as Superchunk's live bassist due to Laura Ballance's hearing issues.
A press release explains that Fragmented World began to take shape in 2011 after Narducy asked Daniel to play on some solo songs he had been working on, leading to Wurster's inclusion in the power trio lineup. After a single practice, the band headed to Los Angeles's Sound Factory to track a four-day session, resulting in Fragmented World.
The song cycle is said to fluctuate anywhere from power pop to punk to an '80s R.E.M. jangle, with Narducy explaining that collaborating over the years with artists like Robert Pollard and Bob Mould has no doubt influenced his songwriting style.
"There's a lot of early Cheap Trick in the song 'Fragmented World' — along with Nick Lowe, the Beatles, Big Star, Guided By Voices," Narducy said in a statement. "I laugh when I hear it; I could probably go through every part and tell you what song it came from. The short arrangement is very Pollard, and the guitar solo very Doug Gillard. You can't help touring with great songwriters like Mould, and Pollard, and Superchunk and not learn something about songwriting!"
Split Single will be touring behind Fragmented World, but the current live lineup features Nardcuy supported by Benny Trokan (of Reigning Sound) and Tim Remis.
"The idea is to always play with friends, and keep things as portable as possible," Narducy said.
Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.
1. Waiting for the Sun
3. Last Goodbye
5. Fragmented World
6. Made For Breaking
7. Love Is You
8. Never Look Back
9. My Eyes
10. My Heart Is Your Shadow