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Listen: Sunny Day Real Estate’s “Lipton Witch”, the band’s first new song in 14 years

on April 20, 2014, 11:22am

Emo-rock band Sunny Day Real Estate reunited in 2009 with promises for a new album, their first since 2000’s The Rising Tide. It’s been a bumpy road since then, however, as recordings sessions “just fell apart,” according to bassist Nate Mendel, and the band’s status is currently described as “inactive.”

But yesterday, the band unveiled a surprise new song for Record Store Day. Entitled “Lipton Witch”, the emotionally charged rocker appears on a split 7-inch with Circa Survive. In case you didn’t grab a copy, take a listen to the stream below (via Stereogum).

Circa Survive band member Brendan Ekstrom discussed the collaboration in an issued statement: “I went to see a few of the Sunny Day Real Estate shows when they toured in 2009 and I knew they’d written and recorded at least one song during that time. I got Jeremy Enigk’s info from a mutual friend and emailed him asking if they had anything planned with the track. I knew they were on a hiatus and I hated the idea of that song never being released. Jeremy spoke with the other guys who all seemed interested to do the split I had I proposed. We had a B-side we’d been sitting on that had a mellower vibe which seemed to balance their more rocking song in a way that another upbeat jam might not have. I couldn’t be more happy that this is happening. I honestly think this one of the best songs Sunny Day has ever written and I’m really happy that fans are going to get to hear it.”