2019 is the year of Pelican as the band just keeps revealing new music and content. Last month, the band revealed a reissue for their 2003 album Forever Rebcoming and mentioned the 7” Midnight and Mescaline record store day release. Now the band is streaming the song in it’s entirety and announced new album Nighttime Stories, which is scheduled to drop June 7th via Southern Lord Recordings. The band’s press release delves into the writing process of the LP.
“‘Nighttime Stories‘ was an album title initially proposed for Tusk, the hallucinatory art-grind band that included Pelican members Trevor Shelley de Brauw, Larry Herweg, and Schroeder-Lebec, in addition to vocalist Jody Minnoch.
The writing of Nighttime Stories was instigated shortly after Minnoch‘s unexpected death in 2014, and some of the dissonant viscera and dark psychedelic structures that were characteristic of Tusk‘s sound began to unconsciously inform the album’s direction.
In homage to their departed colleague, Pelican applied the previously discarded title and pulled many of the song titles from notes Minnoch had sent to inspire the direction of the unrealized album. As the writing of Nighttime Stories progressed, [guitarist Dallas] Thomas also experienced a heavy loss with the passing of his father, to whom the album pays tribute on opening track ‘W.S.T.‘ (on which Dallas performed his guitar parts on his father’s Yamaha acoustic).”
02) “Midnight And Mescaline”
03) “Abyssal Plain”
04) “Cold Hope”
05) “It Stared At Me”
06) “Nighttime Stories”
07) “Arteries Of Blacktop”
08) “Full Moon, Black Water”
Pre-order the album here and check out Midnight and Mescaline below:
The band will be hitting the road this summer with Cloakroom. Dates can be found here.