Published Aug 02, 2019The New Pornographers have revealed plans for a brand new full-length album. Titled In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, the LP will arrive on September 27 via Concord and the band's own Collected Work.
It marks the band's follow-up album to 2017's Whiteout Conditions.
The record was produced by the group's singer-songwriter A.C. Newman, who also takes the lead on first single "Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile."
In a statement about the new song, Newman said:
There are so many songs like 'the something of love'—you know, there's 'The Book of Love,' 'The Freeway of Love'…. Then I thought of 'falling down the stairs of your love,' and I thought, that kind of works. I think it has that element of how do you deal with the ideas of love and happiness in this world right now? When current events are stressful, that makes a stress on people's relationships, and you're trying to figure out how to be happy in this loving relationship in this world that seems ugly at every turn.
Stream "Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile" below.
Newman also joked that most of the songs on the new record unintentionally reference cars.
"I started thinking: 'Oh, no, there's too many references to cars on this record!'" he said. "And then I thought, 'No, that's good—people might think it's a concept album.'"
See the full car-heavy tracklisting below.
In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights:
1. You'll Need A Backseat Driver
2. The Surprise Knock
3. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile
4. Colossus Of Rhodes
5. Higher Beams
6. Dreamlike And On The Rush
7. You Won't Need Those Where You're Going
8. Need Some Giants
9. Opening Ceremony
10. One Kind Of Solomon
11. Leather On The Seat