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Stream: Howlin’ Rain’s new album Mansion Songs

on January 19, 2015, 9:05am

San Francisco blues rock outfit Howlin’ Rain will release its sixth studio album, Mansion Songs, on January 27th via Easy Sound. In anticipation, the album is streaming in full below.

The eight-track effort follows up on 2012’s The Russian Wilds and marks the beginning of the band’s forthcoming album trilogy. It’s also the group’s first release since leaving Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. The album was recorded in Eric Bauer’s San Francisco studio, the same space frequented by the likes of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees.

A press release describes Mansion Songs as the band evolving “into something strange and true and beautiful,” describing the sound as “made of cigarette ash and swollen moons, salt air and the eggshell light that comes just before the dawn.”

“When I began this record, I most certainly hadn’t given up, but I was in a dark and trying place,” frontman Ethan Miller says in a statement. “I wanted the album to reflect a dignified despair. Often times that’s what art is; elegant sorrow, pushing through despair with some kind of dignity, in search of a reasonable justification of life.”

Pre-orders are ongoing.

Mansion Songs Tracklist
01. Big Red Moon
02. Meet Me In The Wheat
03. Coliseum
04. The New Age
05. Wild Bush
06. Restless
07. Lucy Fairchild
08. Ceiling Fan

The band is also on tour starting in late February. Consult the full itinerary below.

Howlin’ Rain 2015 Tour Dates:
02/25 – Arcata, CA @ Humbrews
02/26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
02/27 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
02/28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Hindenburg
03/01 – Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
03/03 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
03/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse
03/06 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum
03/07 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
03/10 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
03/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
03/13 – Oakland, CA @ Leo’s
03/14 – Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater
04/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
04/14 – Asheville, NC @ New Mountain
04/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
04/16 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat, DC
04/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
04/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ aby’s All Right
04/19 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott

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