Dinosaur Jr. Announce New Album 'Sweep It into Space'

Hear "I Ran Away" now, featuring 12-string guitar from Kurt Vile

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 23, 2021

Dinosaur Jr. have shared the details of their long-awaited new album. Titled Sweep It into Space, the band's 12th studio LP will arrive April 23 via Jagjaguwar.

Sweep It into Space follows Dinosaur Jr.'s 2016 album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not and had been scheduled to arrive last year before the pandemic upended release plans. In spite of that, the 12-track collection is said to be "a masterpiece of zoned dialling."

"I Ran Away" is the first song from the album to arrive, and it features added 12-string guitar courtesy of Kurt Vile. As it happens, Vile co-produced Sweep It into Space with the trio, beginning sessions in the fall of 2019.

Vocalist/guitarist J Mascis shared in a statement that after sessions with Vile were disrupted, he "ended up just mimicking a few things he'd done" guitar-wise on "I Ran Away."

"I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that duelling twin lead sound," Mascis shared. "But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. When the lockdown happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool."

In the time since Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, Mascis released solo album Elastic Days, while Barlow treated 2005's Emoh to an anniversary reissue.

Sweep It into Space:

1. I Ain't
2. I Met the Stones
3. To Be Waiting
4. I Ran Away
5. Garden
6. Hide Another Round
7. And Me
8. I Expect It Always
9. Take It Back
10. N Say
11. Walking to You
12. You Wonder

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