The Young Novelists have announced plans for the full-length follow-up to 2015's Made Us Strangers. Titled In City & Country, the LP is due out May 4.
Written by bandmates Graydon James and Laura Spink, the album features a collection of songs inspired by an array of Canadian towns. Highlighting stories from both urban and rural locales, the songs were based on a combination of historical research and personal experience, and ultimately show the similarities and differences between both types of places.
The first sample of the latest material has arrived with album cut "City & Country," which drew inspiration from three Ontario towns — Toronto, Verona and Waterloo.
In a statement, James said the following:
I have a cousin who, every time I see him, says, 'I don't know how you can live in Toronto.' And I remember when I went to university in Waterloo, meeting people from Toronto who would sometimes say, 'There's nothing to do here!' And I would wonder what the hell they were talking about, since I found Waterloo to be exceptionally vibrant. The fact of the matter is, both of those types of folks are missing out. The story of this song is about the decline of the city, probably in some zombie-soaked apocalypse; or, more likely, some environmental catastrophe. But this is really a song about my experiences living in a major city and a small town, and the fact that I think there are more similarities than differences.
Hear that sentiment come to life by listening to "City & Country" below. It's accompanied by a lyric video that features some of places the band visited during the making of the album.
You can pre-order the album here and see their upcoming tour dates here.