Since releasing Mines in 2010, Portland experimental pop outfit Menomena lost a member, but that evidently hasn't stopped them from prepping a new album and striking out on tour this year.
The upcoming LP is called Moms and it will be out September 18 through Barsuk Records. A press release notes that paring down to a duo helped Menomena to write and record "with more focus and speed than ever before."
The ten songs include "new instruments, like flute, cello, more of [Danny] Seim's synthesizers and the tap-dancing that actually laces through the teasing-then-charging opus, 'Don't Mess with Latexas.'" Apparently, all these instruments help to make Moms "tragic and intimate, comic and endearing, personal and motivated," as Menomena "cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes."
See a canine-friendly trailer for the album embedded at the bottom of the page and check out Moms' artwork above.
As for the band's tour plans, they will travel around North America this fall, making Canadian stops in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Scroll past the Moms tracklist to see the schedule.
5. Heavy Is as Heavy Does
9. Don't Mess with Latexas
10. One Horse
9/7 Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
9/25 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
9/26 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club
9/27 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
9/28 San Diego, CA - Casbah
9/29 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10/2 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10/3 Austin, TX - Parish
10/4 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
10/5 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10/6 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10/9 Washington, DC - Black Cat
10/10 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10/11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10/13 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10/16 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
10/17 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10/18 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10/19 Chicago, IL - Metro
10/20 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
10/23 Boise, ID - Neurolux
10/25 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
10/26 Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
12/7-9 Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow's Parties