Brasstronaut Announce New Album 'Mean Sun'
Published Mar 02, 2012We already knew that jazz-influenced indie rock ensemble Brasstronaut had a new LP planned, as frontman Edo Van Breemen previously told Exclaim! that they were working on a collection of songs at the Hive with Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan). While we still don't know exactly when the album will come out, we now have a title and album cover to whet our appetite.
The Vancouver band revealed on Facebook that the LP will be called Mean Sun. That's the retro-futuristic artwork above. The image was reportedly designed by artist Michael Markowsky. The band also revealed that they'll be touring Canada this June with Iceland's Útidúr.
UPDATE: Brasstronaut have now revealed that Mean Sun will be out on May 15 via Unfamiliar, so you can now circle that date on your calendar. You can also see the tracklist below.
Speaking of the new record, Van Breemen previously told us, "We've been using a lot of analogue synths controlled by Sam [Davidson]'s EWI and running horns through a Korg Stage Echo while staying away from traditional piano sounds or rock rhythms where we can."
When it's released, Mean Sun will be the follow-up to 2010's Mt. Chimaera, which received a long-list nomination for the Polaris Music Prize and won the ECHO Songwriting Prize with the track "Hearts Trompet."
Mean Sun will most likely come out via Unfamiliar Records.
3. Mean Sun
5. The Grove
7. Revelstoke Dam
8. Hymn For Huxley