Semisonic Announce First Album in over 20 Years, 'Little Bit of Sun'

It features collaborations with Jason Isbell and My Morning Jacket's Jim James

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 1, 2023

Famously, every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. We've got one of those today with Semisonic returning for their first full-length album in over 20 years — previewed by new single, "The Rope."

Little Bit of Sun arrives November 3. It follows the band's 2020 comeback EP, You're Not Alone, but is their first LP since 2001's All About Chemistry. Around and in-between, frontman Dan Wilson has penned songs with the likes of Adele, Taylor Swift, Céline Dion, the Chicks, Chris Stapleton, Mitski and more.

Semisonic's album also features some high-profile collaborators, boasting appearances from Jason Isbell and My Morning Jacket's Jim James. Lori McKenna and Amy Allen co-wrote today's release, "The Rope," which follows previous singles "Little Bit of Sun" and "Grow Your Own."

"My approach as an artist has always been to write from where I am now," Wilson said in a press release. "It's been two decades since Semisonic made a full record together, so it was interesting to write from the perspective of returning to the band and finding it inspiring but very different. I couldn't help but think about the early days, about the formative influences that shaped and inspired us, but a lot of the songs are about the present moment in my life.

"I knew it was good, but I wasn't so sure 'The Rope' was a Semisonic song — until we ran through it in rehearsal and it roared from beginning to end like a freight train passing by," he added of the rousing, fanfare-heavy single. "The lyrics are like an ode to Los Angeles disguised as a breakup-with-regrets song — a lot of songwriters would love to break up with L.A. so it makes sense to me."

Watch the Otto Harder and Philip Harder-directed video for "The Rope" below, starring a couple of pups named Gigi and Poe. Keep scrolling for the album tracklist details.

Little Bit of Sun:

1. Little Bit of Sun
2. The Rope
3. Grow Your Own
4. Don't Fade Away
5. Keep Me in Motion
6. All the Time
7. If You Say So
8. Out of the Dirt 
9. It Wasn't Like We Hoped It Would Be
10. So Amazed 
11. Only Empathy 
12. Beautiful Sky

Pre-order Little Bit of Sun.

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