On December 18th, Baroness will release their new album, Purple. In anticipation, the LP is streaming in its entirety below.
The follow-up to Yellow & Green, due out through the band’s own Abraxan Hymns label, spans 10 tracks and was produced by Dave Fridmann (Sleater-Kinney, Tame Impala). It marks Baroness’s fourth LP to date and first since their harrowing bus crash in 2012.
Following the accident, which left nine people injured, drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni announced their departure from the band. The new album sees guitarist/vocalists John Baizley and Pete Adams rounded out by new members in bassist/keyboardist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson.
In a statement, Baizley spoke at length about the band’s vision for the new record:
“After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate. We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.”
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.
02. Shock Me
03. Try to Disappear
06. Chlorine & Wine
07. The Iron Bell
08. Desperation Burns
09. If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)
10. Crossroads of Infinity
Watch our interview with Baroness frontman John Baizley: