Austin post-rockers …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have unveiled “The Ghost Within”, the lead single from their upcoming ninth studio album, the aptly-titled IX. Here, Trail of Dead continue along the stripped-down, minimalist path of 2012’s Lost Songs, with a track comprised of little more than reverb-heavy, almost operatic piano and extra dense percussion. Though it eventually builds to larger and more booming proportions, the song’s real power exists in the spaces between sounds, as darkness and foreboding lurk in every crevice of this bare-bones rock ballad.
In regards to both the album and the single, frontman Conrad Keely released the following statement:
After an entire four days of improvisation we have completed our ninth album. The fact that it happens to be called IX is nothing more than a bizarre coincidence, and was only pointed out to us later by people who spoke Latin. We considered this a favorable omen, so proceeded to release the fucking thing. This randomly chosen track entitled ‘Ghost Within’ is inspired by pain. We hope you can all feel this pain, and that it makes you uncomfortable because you very well deserve to be. Thank you, we think you’re really hip. Sincerely, and you will continue to know us by the rather jarringly named Trail of Dead.
Listen in below (via Stereogum).
IX is due out November 11th via Superball Music. In support, the band will embark on a UK/European tour that same month. Consult their full schedule here.