On April 10th, M. Ward returns with his new LP, A Wasteland Companion, featuring an assortment of guest appearances, the likes of which include Zooey Deschanel, Mike Mogis, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb, and PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, among others.
Last week, we had a chance to listen in with the video for “The First Time I Ran Away”; now we have another choice selection with the uber-poppy cut of “Primitive Girl”. Many will hear echoes of James in the instrumentation as M. Ward sings, in his Leonard Cohen-best, “She’s a primitive girl and she don’t like to boast, from her natural head to her natural toes.” It’s quite a Spring fling, if we say so ourselves. Check it out below (via Stereogum).
A Wasteland Companion is out April 10th via Merge.
A Wasteland Companion Tracklist:
01. Clean Slate (For Alex & El Goodo)
02. Primitive Girl
03. Me and My Shadow
05. I Get Ideas
06. The First Time I Ran Away
07. A Wasteland Companion
08. Watch the Show
09. There’s a Key
10. Crawl After You
11. Wild Goose
12. Pure Joy